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Murali Balaji mbalaji lecturer Annenberg School for Communication Annenberg School for Communication
Spring 2019
Fall 2018
Media and South Asia
This course examines the historical development of media institutions across the Indian subcontinent, and how media texts have helped to shape post-colonial national/cultural/religious/social identities, nationalism, and geopolitical relations. The course looks at how the postcolonial State in the South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka) has interacted with media industries, and the implications of this interaction.
Every Other Term

Foundational Approach

One-term course offered either term
Cross Cultural Analysis
Murali Balaji
Part Time Lecturer
Part Time Lecturer
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
• Describe the development of media industries and institutions in the Indian subcontinent
• Understand the various factors that have shaped media consumption and production across South Asia
• Examine how different forms of media have shaped local, communal, political, and national identities
• Explain the rise of new media technologies across the Indian subcontinent, and how (or if) they have played a role in fostering social, political, cultural, and economic changes.

Methods of Assessment

2 - midterm and final
pop quizzes

Cross Cultural Analysis

The course examines the role of political control, religious identities, language, and other social factors in shaping media production. However, many of the readings will be drawn from sources from within countries studied, highlighting the sociocultural diversity existing across the subcontinent.
The course examines the role of colonialism in shaping media institutions across South Asia, but how religious groups and other markers such as language came to play a larger role in countries' media production following independence and partition.
This course will examine news sources from both independent and state-aligned/own media in the countries studied, to examine how information is managed and disseminated. Some critical areas of examination are likely to include coverage of conflicts such as the Bangladesh war of 1971, the Kashmiri violent insurgency (from Pakistani, Indian, and Kashmiri media sources), and the Sri Lankan civil war (from both Sinhalese and Tamil perspectives).

Cultural Diversity in the US


Quantitative Data Analysis


Formal Reasoning


Administrative Fields

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