Media, Power and Society POLITIC4112

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the nature and impact of the media's representations of key political events and issues in both domestic and global contexts.



Requirements of Entry

Honours entry, as set out in the Undergraduate Course Catalogue

Excluded Courses





One essay of 4,000 words (90%); oral participation (10%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course examines the nature and impact of the media's representations of key political events and issues in both domestic and global contexts. The first part of the course addresses the main elements that influence these representations, including the characteristics of the media system in comparative perspective, patterns of ownership and bias, journalistic norms and the influence of public relations. The second part focuses on the exploration of selected case studies to look at how these processes work in practice, including war and terrorism, humanitarian intervention, political asylum and ecology and climate change.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ evaluate the main theoretical approaches regarding the factors that affect the construction of news stories and how these vary across countries.

■ analyse the relationship between journalists, elites and marginal groups and how this is affected by the political economy of the media and the use of public relations.

■ identify different forms of bias (and their causes and consequences) in the representation of political issues and events.

■ critically understand the role of the media in the representation of political issues and events in both domestic and global contexts, such as war and terrorism, humanitarian intervention and climate change.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.