Short Title:Political Economy
Full Title:Political Economy
Module Code:ECON H4007
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Description:1. To introduce students to the study of political economy and how it can be applied to media analysis communication research. 2. To examine the relationship of the media to the broader structures of society; how media performance and media content shape class and social relations. 3. To examine the influence of ownership, concentration and government policies on media behavior.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify and discuss key concepts in field of political economy
LO2 Analyze and critique the relationship between media and the broader structures of society
LO3 Demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of political economy as a useful and holistic approach to the analysis of the mass media in contemporary society
LO4 Apply a political economy analysis to a variety of media-related events and issues
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Classical Political Economy
Classical political economy: historical evolution of the discipline; competing models of political economy - Adam Smith; John Stuart Mill, John Maynard Keynes; debates surrounding the social implications of capitalism. Criticism of capitalism; Marxism.
Political Economy of Communication
Media Globalization: national & international regulation & deregulation; role of the state & sovereignty implications; privatization and its consequences; commodification; corporate concentration. New Media & the ‘Information Age’: diversity, democracy & access; new technologies and the public interest. Political Economy of Hollywood: success of Hollywood & its relationship to the global market; cultural imperialist debate.
Representations of Political Economy in Film
Cinematic representations of the themes and debates in Political Economy research.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Assignment Academic essay and/or student presentation 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination   60.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Reading, researching, 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Mosco, V. 2009, The Political Economy of Communication, 2nd Ed., Sage
Recommended Book Resources
  • Miller, T., Govil, N., McMurria, J. 2011, Global Hollywood, 2nd Ed., University of California Press
  • Winseck, D.R., Dal Jung Jin 2011, The Political Economies of Media, Bloomsbury
  • Chomsky, N., and Herman, E.S. 2006, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, Vintage
  • McChesney, R. 2008, The Political Economy of Media: Enduring Issues, Monthly Review Press
  • Baker, C.E. 2007, Media Concentration and Democracy: Why Ownership Matters, Cambridge University Press
  • Fenton, N 2009, New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age, Sage
  • Chadwick, A. 2006, Internet Politics, Oxford Press
  • Ezra, E., Rowden, T., Coham, S. 2005, Transnational Cinema, the Film Reader, Routledge
  • Preston, P 2001, Reshaping Communications, Sage
  • Klein, N. 2002, Fences and Windows, Flamingo
  • Goode, L. 2005, Jurgen Habermas: Democracy and the Public Sphere, Pluto Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources