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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.
How do political actors such as politicians and civil society groups use the media? What role do journalists and the mass media play in the struggle for power? Do their actions really influence political outcomes? These are some of the key questions that students will be able to answer after completing this course, taking into account the contested positions put forward in the academic literature. Some of the key topics covered in this course include:• Public opinion and media effect• Media and democracy• The public sphere• Impact of new media technology on politics• Politics and entertainment• Political public relations, celebrity and spin• Media and politics in New Zealand• Elections, campaigns and the media• Propaganda and state control• The Propaganda Model• Media and foreign policy• Media, War and Peace
By the end of this course, students should be able to:Explain how journalists and the media industry report politicsUnderstand how political actors attempt to use the mediaArgue a position on media’s power in politics and public opinion formationDescribe media’s role in democracy and democratic processes such as electionsElaborate on how propaganda works and its effectiveness
Any 15 points at 100 level from COMS orPOLS, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, orLAWS, GEOG, orthe Schedule V of the BCom.
Links to readings for each lecture topic are positioned under the lecture on Learn.
Domestic fee $777.00
International fee $3,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences.