Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3218: Media and Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks), term 2 (11 weeks) and term 3 (0 weeks)

Academic staff

Mr Antal Wozniak (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The relationship between news media, politics, and public opinion is characterised by persistent tensions and struggles for influence. How can news media properly function as arbiters of political public discourse in an age of populism, ‘alternative facts’, and ‘fake news’? Does the integration of news outlets into large business conglomerates spell doom for independent and investigative journalism? To what extent should journalists also be agents of progressive social change? What effects does the professionalization of communication strategies by governments, interest groups, and businesses have on the free flow of information? How can ordinary citizens deal with the multitude of potential news sources? And what does the diversification and compartmentalisation of media diets mean for the political and cultural cohesion of modern societies? This module will provide you with the conceptual and methodological tools to explain and rigorously analyse these and other prevalent issues in modern ‘media democracies.’


There are no pre-requisite or co-requisite modules required to take this module.

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