|Owning Department/School:||Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies|
|Level:||Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)|
|Assessment:||CW 20%, EX 80%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
This unit is designed to examine both theory and evidence relating to the political significance of the media of mass communication. A key aim is to examine alternative theories of the political implications and effects of the mass media and then to apply these theories by examining a number of case studies. The unit will examine debates relating to aspects of the role of the media in liberal democratic politics, as well debates concerning the media's role in other contexts (e.g. 'globalisation' and the media, the media in countries in political transition, and the media's role in reporting war).
By the end of the unit students should be able to demonstrate understanding of key theories, and be able to use them to explore the political significance of media institutions in a number of issue areas.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning are developed in this unit.
The course examines alternative theories of the political role of the mass media, and these to case studies. Topics include the Frankfurt School and mass culture, Marxist and pluralist notions of the media, the 'propaganda model', notions of public broadcasting, cinema and politics, the global role of the media, and the media and war.
PL20415 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Economics