Media And Democracy POLITIC5011

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will examine the relationship among political actors and institutions, the media and citizens, and its impact on democratic politics.

Timetable

One two-hour seminar held weekly for 10 weeks.

Requirements of Entry

Open to Postgraduate Students only

Assessment

A case study 3,000-3,500, worth 60%. Essay 2,000-2,500 words worth 40%

Course Aims

- To introduce students to the main theoretical approaches regarding the relationship between political actors and institutions, the media and citizens, and its impact on democratic politics. in democratic politics.
- To examine the normative assumptions about the role of the media in the democratic process, and how these affect how the media are funded, regulated and assessed.
- To analyse the degree and nature of the influence of the mass media on political knowledge, civic engagement, elections, and public opinion.
- To explore and compare the defining features of political communication over time and across countries.
- To examine the links between theory, empirical research and research methodologies in the political communication field.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, through essays and seminar preparation, students will be able:

- To evaluate the main theoretical approaches regarding the relationship between
political actors and institutions, the media and citizens in democratic politics.
- To assess the normative and actual role of the media and political journalists in democracies.
- To explain the differences between media systems and their implications for the democratic process.
- To assess the relative impact of the mass media on political knowledge, civic engagement, elections, and public opinion.
- To explain the main similarities and differences in political communication over time and across countries and to explain the causes of these.
- To assess the impact of how parties and candidates campaign and use the media in the democratic process.
- To understand the links between theory, empirical research and research methodologies as they apply to the political communication field.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Completion of summative assessment components