The first part of the course focus on the notion of "coloniality", understood as the hidden agenda and the darker side of western modernity, and proposes the de-colonization of knowledge as an epistemological strategy with political and ethical implications. Coloniality is a kind of 'cognitive injustice': the failure to recognise the different ways of knowing by which people across the globe run their lives and provide meaning to their existence. Global social justice is not possible without global cognitive justice. Western domination has profoundly marginalised knowledge and wisdom that had been in existence in the global South. To recover and valorise the epistemological diversity of the world is the first step toward a new kind of bottom-up cosmopolitanism.
The second part of the course focus on the concept of “border”: far from creating a borderless world, contemporary globalization has generated a proliferation of borders. The course investigates its implications for migratory movements, capitalist transformations, and political life through case studies drawn from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas. Border is not only a research object but also an epistemic framework: the border as method enables new perspectives on the crisis and transformations of the nation-state, as well as powerful reassessments of political concepts such as citizenship and sovereignty.
The course is an introduction to governing arrangements that contribute to shape knowledge societies, with a focus on regulatory arrangements.
Communication governance is here addressed as the multiplicity of configurations/networks of interdependent actors that are involved - with different degrees of autonomy and power, both formally and informally - in policy-oriented processes in the domain of media and communication.

Objectives of the Course
Through lectures, readings, class discussions, and course assignments, students will:

• Explore a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media and digital communications across the globe
• Gain an overview and ‘map’ out (actors, processes, issues) while reflecting on current wagers and engage with controversial issues – framework to make sense of complexity
• Develop critical and analytical skills through the interrogation of texts, policy documents and reports, programs and initiatives
• Examine the social, political, and economic implications of contemporary developments in global communications

Transversal aspects
• historically aware approach
• a constructivist approach to world politics and governance with a focus on the role of values and principles + global norms, life-cycle, critique
• gender-aware perspective
• multi-level approach: global & local (cases, experiences, diversity > Address issues from different angles / voices)

Special project 2019: Communication policies: inequality, diversity and the challenges of inclusion
A LABORATORY experience focused on aspects of inequality and diversity, and how these have been considered/addressed over time through regulatory arrangements.
This Moodle platform is for the course English as a Global Language. Here I will post video and text resources that we use during the course, open forums where students will be asked to discuss course-related issues and post assignments for students. It is also the channel I will use to communicate directly with students about changes to lesson times, additional activities ...