Program Details
Program Search
If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Global Communication: Social, Political and Business Perspectives

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Paris, France
Course # SA 59000
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2018 06/03/18 to 06/10/18

Program Leader

Name Sorin Adam Matei

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

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

Learning activities

The effective activities will stretch over a period of 1 week (June 3 - 10, 2018) 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.


The visits will include:

  • French FCC
  • Media Companies
  • Startups
  • Academic and business researchers
  • Media managers and PR experts


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


Details on learning system

Academic Credit

Credit will be assigned to a COM 590 (Independent study) class.


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

Program Cost

Approximately $3000 - includes tuition, lodging, meetings, Internet connection, two social events. Airfare not included. Students will be housed in a hotel, two to a studio with a small kitchen. For an extra fee students can rent a studio without a roommate or can bring a spouse.

Application Deadline

Initial Placement and deposit of $500 by February 15. Program will receive new applicants until filled, but not after March 15th.

Country map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin