Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3051: The Media in Europe

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

  • Introduction to the module
  • markets and theory
  • the press in Europe
  • the role of public service broadcasting in Europe
  • broadcasting markets and policies
  • EU broadcasting regulation
  • the EU’s Digital Single Market
  • film subsidies, state aid and international trade rules
  • the UK media market
  • the UK regulatory structure
  • provision of news
  • the media in France
  • the media in Germany (decentralisation) 
  • Nordic media models
  • the Media in Italy
  • media freedom in Central and Eastern Europe
  • internet regulation 
  • media ownership global trends
  • China and the piracy debate

Teaching for this module will be through a combination of lectures, and student led seminars.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4422 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent study256Independent study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).