Short Title:Media Politics
Full Title:Media Politics
Module Code:MEDA H2004
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Description:To provide students with the theoretical knowledge required to critically examine the relationship between media and politics in contemporary western democracies. It further aims to examine the relationship between politics and cinema.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify and discuss the relationship between the media and politics in contemporary society
LO2 Examine the complexities of news production in terms of language and ideology
LO3 Identify and critically assess techniques of political power: propaganda, persuasion and censorship
LO4 Critically assess the relationship between politics and film
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) %
Media, State and Democracy
Political communication in liberal democracies; media independence; regulation and deregulation; privatization and the decline of public service broadcasting. Press systems: libertarian, social responsibility.
News & Political Coverage
News as social construct; agenda setting; spin and scandal. Discourse, language, ideology and the manufacture of ‘reality’.
Cinematic Representations of Politics
Cinematic representations of the relationship between media & politics; cinema and propaganda; representations of political issues in film.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Academic Essay &/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, viewing, reseaching 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

Recommended Book Resources
  • Croteaud, D.,and Hoynes, W. 2011, Media/Society: Industries, Images and Audiences, 4th Ed., Sage Publications
  • Curran, J. 2010, Media and Society, 5th Ed., Bloomsbury Academic
  • McNair, B. 2011, An Introduction to Political Communication, Routledge
  • Street, J 2010, Mass Media, Politics and Democracy, 2nd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan
  • Sanders, K 2008, Communicating Politics in the Twenty-First Century, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Curran, J. 2011, Media and Democracy, Routledge
  • Kellner Wiley, D 2009, Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in Bush-Cheney Era, Blackwell
  • Harcourt, A 2006, The European Union & the Regulation of the Media Markets, Manchester University Press
  • Negrine, R. 2008, The Transformation of Political Communication, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Horgan, J 2001, Irish Media: A Critical Transformation, Routledge
  • Dennis, E., and Merrill, J. 2005, Media Debates: Great Issues for the Digital Age, Wadsworth Publishing
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources