GV374-6-FY-CO:
Mass Media and Democracy

The details
2019/20
Government
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
02 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This module is open to third year students. It will be particularly useful to students who wish to pursue a career in the media, communications or marketing.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with a good understanding of the relationship between the media and politics, particularly – but not exclusively – in Great Britain.

Module learning outcomes

1. The relationship between the media and democratic values.
2. The structure of the media and the regulatory system.
3. The relationship between politicians and the media.
4. The impact of the media on citizens.

Module information

BBC Radio 4 has a regular programme called The Media Show. If you are not able to listen to the original broadcasts you can catch up with shows via downloads.

The Guardian newspaper is usually the first place to look for news about the media since it is the 'House newspaper' for people who work in the media. You should particularly look out for articles by Roy Greenslade.

You should also look what is available on the Reuters Institute for the Study of journalism website at the University of Oxford. This carries reports from both scholars and practitioners.

The BBC Academy is another good sources of information and provides clues about the skills needed to get a career in journalism and/or the media.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is based around 20 two-hour seminars in the autumn and spring terms. It follows that it is vitally important that everybody does the reading for every seminar. This will normally consist of six to eight hours of reading per week.

Bibliography

  • Norris, Pippa. (1999) On message: communicating the campaign, London: SAGE.
  • Allen, Nicholas; Bara, Judith; Bartle, John. (2013po) 'Rules, strategies and words: the content of the 2010 prime ministerial debates', in Political Studies. vol. 61 (S1) , pp.92-113
  • Kuhn, Raymond. (2007) Politics and the media in Britain, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. vol. Contemporary political studies series
  • Sanders, Karen. (2009) Communicating politics in the twenty-first century, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Leveson, Brian Henry; Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. (2012) An inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press, London: The Stationery Office. vol. HC
  • Ofcom adjudications, https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/bulletins/broadcast-bulletins/content-sanctions-adjudications
  • Curran, James; Seaton, Jean. (2010) Power without responsibility: press, broadcasting and the internet in Britain, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Norris, Pippa; EBSCOhost ebook collection. (1999) On message: communicating the campaign, London: SAGE.
  • Quinn, Thomas. (2012-9) 'Spin doctors and political news management: A rational-choice ‘exchange’ analysis', in British Politics. vol. 7 (3) , pp.272-300
  • Allen, Nicholas; Bartle, John. (2010) 'A much debated campaign', in Britain at the polls, 2010, London: SAGE.
  • Murdoch, James. (no date) The absence of trust.
  • So, what is a free press?, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/nov/23/what-is-a-free-press
  • Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Culture, Media, and Sport Committee. (2015) Future of the BBC, London: The Stationery Office Limited. vol. HC
  • IPSO Rulings and resolution statements, https://www.ipso.co.uk/rulings-and-resolution-statements/
  • Great Britain. Department for Culture, Media and Sport. (2015) BBC Charter review public consultation, London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. vol. Cm
  • Dalton, Russell J. (2019) Citizen politics: public opinion and political parties in advanced industrial democracies, Los Angeles, California: SAGE, CQ Press.
  • Allen, Nicholas; Bartle, John. (2011) 'A much debated campaign', in Britain at the polls 2010, London: Sage.
  • (no date) The Calcutt Report.
  • (no date) The Ofcom broadcasting code.
  • Nolan, Michael Patrick Nolan; Great Britain. Committee on Standards in Public Life. (1995) Standards in public life: first report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, London: HMSO. vol. Cm
  • Newton, Kenneth; Brynin, Malcolm. (2001) 'The national press and party voting in the UK', in Political Studies. vol. 49 (2) , pp.265-285
  • IPSO Editors' Code of Practice, https://www.ipso.co.uk/editors-code-of-practice/
  • (no date) Audience attitudes to the licence fee and public service broadcasting provision beyond the BBC.
  • O'Neill, Onora. (no date) Written evidence to Levenson Inquiry.
  • Bartle, John. (c2006) 'New Labour and the media', in Britain at the polls, 2005, Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Essay 1 14/01/2020 25%
Coursework Essay 2 25/02/2020 25%
Coursework Research Paper 28/04/2020 50%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr John Bartle
Module Supervisor: Dr Bartle, jbartl@essex.ac.uk Module Administrator: Sallyann West, govquery@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
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External examiner

Dr Arzu Kibris
Associate Professor
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 40 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
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