Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

South Africa Study Tour

  • Course

    COMM 419H - World Media Systems

  • Time

    Spring 2018 Semester, Class #6734, Tu/Th 3:05-4:20 PM, 24 Carnegie Building

  • Location

    Johannesburg, South Africa (March 2-10, 2018)

  • Eligibility

    Schreyer Scholars at University Park in their second year or beyond, in all majors

  • Professor

    Anthony Olorunnisola, Head of Department of Film-Video and Media Studies

  • Credits

    3 Honors Credits

Program Summary

This course is designed to comparatively assess media systems in two different political and economic contexts. In the spring of 2018, the course will appraise the media systems of the U.S. and South Africa. Each context will be viewed as a political, economic and communication system.

Students will evaluate media vis-à-vis each system’s history and will analyze the functions of the mass media in the respective contexts. Though understanding the theory and practices of other media systems is an important end in itself, as it may foster greater awareness of other cultures, a crucial motive of this course is to ensure that students have a better appreciation of the U.S. media system.


Students will depart from State College via charter bus to Washington Dulles Airport on the morning of Friday, March 2 for an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. During the next week students will visit a variety of media outlets, as well as universities, the United States Embassy, and non-governmental organizations. For more complete information including student blogs and photo/video gallery from the 2017 trip, please visit the program website.


This program is for Schreyer Scholars at University Park in their second year or beyond, in all majors.

Estimated Costs

The estimated program cost for the trip is $1900. Schreyer Scholars will receive a travel grant to reduce their estimated effective payment to $1400. Final cost information will be available in early January once we have a firm price for airfare, which is the largest component of the program fee. The fee will include, besides airfare, transportation to/from State College, lodgings, and 3 dinners. You should have an additional $250 available for food and incidental expenses during the trip. Schreyer Scholars with demonstrated high financial need should contact Dr. Stoller about the possibility of additional financial support. Other possible sources of support are your academic college, and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Scholarship (application deadline January 15).

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