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Global Communication: Social, Political and Business Perspectives

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Paris, France
Course # SA 59000
Duration Fall Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2019 10/05/19 to 10/13/19

Program Leader

Name Sorin Adam Matei

Program Description


The present study abroad in France will help the students better understand from a comparative perspective some essential aspects of living, working, expressing, or cooperating on the global Internet. Specifically, the program will introduce the students to the main similarities and differences between the US and French methods and practices related to Internet regulation, governance, intellectual property, privacy and human rights, cultural development, business success, economic policy, and political communication.

The program is directed at is divided into several modules:

1. Internet technologies: technical principles and social choices 2. Internet regulation and governance: who, in the name of whom, and to what end 3. Freedom of expression and cultural priorities 4. Privacy and human rights on the Internet 5. Business strategies, practices, and regulation 6. Intellectual property

Each module will include a series of readings, instructor-led discussions, and interviews or visits with leading French regulators, political activists and experts, scholars, and business people. Each module will involve comparative study, discussion, and individual research.

Learning objectives 1. Understand the unique global challenges and opportunities created by Internet technologies 2. Understand the diversity of perspectives that shape Internet use in the US and Europe (France) 3. Critically appreciate differences in policy and business choices in different national environments 4. Understand and articulate the differences in regulations and practices across US-French contexts in terms of freedom of expression, intellectual property, political communication, and human rights 5. Critically evaluate and analyze differences and similarities between systems through individual research, writing, and debate

Course Structure

You will be enrolled in a Fall 8-week course, starting August 19. You will read, conduct research, and write papers before the trip to Paris. Learning materials will be provided online. Upon returning from Paris, you will submit a final paper. The deadline for the paper will be two weeks after return. The paper should reflect the research and work conducted in Paris. 

The course is co-taught by Dr. Sorin Adam Matei, from Purdue University, and Dr. Larry Kilman from the American Graduate School in Paris. Dr. Kilman is responsible for all academic activities, including grading. Dr. Matei is the creator and the director of the program that has created this course.  He is the strategic supervisor of the course, while Dr. Kilman will handle the more immediate tactical issues.

Paris learning activities

The effective activities in Paris will stretch over a period of 9 days (October 5-13) and contact via the online system pre and post-program. It will include instructor-driven lectures, group discussions, visits and presentations at leading regulatory, political, academic, and business institutions and organizations in Paris. The visits and presentations are at the heart of the program. Each visit will be prefaced by lectures and discussions, which will prepare the students for meaningful conversations with the French experts. The core learning activity will emerge from preparing for, participating in and reflecting via oral or written communication about the main lessons drawn from the visits and conversations with the local experts.


All activities will take place in Paris. We will meet daily at the American Graduate School or at various locations in Paris. Visits will include

  • French FCC
  • Media Companies
  • Startups
  • Academic and business researchers
  • Media management and PR
  • Museums


For each type of learning activity, there will be a specific evaluation method. Details on Blackboard


Details on  Blackboard

Academic Credit

Credit will be assigned to a COM 590 class, which you can use as credit for one of your optional courses. 


The course is primarly focused on Master's students enrolled in the Purdue Strategic Communication Online program. 

Program Cost

Approximately $3500 - includes tuition, lodging, meetings, Internet connection, one social dinner. Airfare not included. Students will be housed in a hotel. For an extra fee students can rent a room without a roommate or can bring a spouse. Details about hotel arrangements will be provided by dr. Kiman, 

Application Deadline

Initial Placement and deposit of $500 by July 15.

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