COMS205-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)

Media and Politics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


The course provides an understanding of the role of the media in domestic and international politics. It does this by analysing key theoretical assumptions and debates on the role of media institutions in the struggle for power domestically and internationally. This course includes group work and requires active in-class engagement. It has on-campus and distance options. It features internationally-recognised top experts in the field of political communication as our guest speakers. Research, critical debate, collaborative work, networking, creativity, writing and presentation are among the core skills this course aims to advance.


Any 15 points at 100 level from COMS or POLS, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 Live Stream Available
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Natalia Chaban


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quiz 15% Quiz Opens Closes Quiz 1 5 March, 5pm 10 March, 11:59pm Quiz 2 19 March, 5pm 24 March, 11:59pm Quiz 3 1 April, 5pm 11 April, 11:59 Quiz 4 7 May, 5pm 12 May, 11:59pm Quiz 5 21 May, 5pm 26 May, 11:59 Bonus of up to 5% for active tutorial participation/contribution
Forum 10% One forum post (8%): by 22 March, 11:59pm A follow up question (2%): 18 April, 11:59pm NB: post that attracts most questions gets 3% added to the final grade Bonus of up to 5% for active tutorial participation/contribution
Group case study 40% Group presentation recorded on video (10%): submitted by 1 April, 11:59pm Group written report (30%): 9 May, 11:59pm Bonus of up to 5% for active tutorial participation/contribution
Essay 20 Jun 2021 35% Bonus of up to 5% for active tutorial participation/contribution

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All COMS205 Occurrences

  • COMS205-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • COMS205-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)