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International communication is an interdisciplinary field of study where scholars seek to explain the relationship between communication and international relations from the interpersonal to the global level. At many universities, there are courses in international communication in different departments or schools, particularly journalism or mass media. However, international communication as a field of study is much broader, with greater depth of analysis. It is primarily concerned with the ways and manner in which people communicate with one another and how that communication affects, and is affected by, culture, media, and public policy.

To describe the interdisciplinary nature of international communication, this entry reviews a brief history of the field, defines a set of terms used in the field, describes the multiple disciplines that contribute to the ...

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