Analyses the role of the media in the construction of political life. Examines the nature of news, the democratic functions of the news media, how political figures manage the release of information to the news media, and the importance of political image. Issues of political reportage, including interviews, source relations, and the role of the press gallery.
Key themes explored include the democratic functions of traditional and online news media, the political economy of the media, and the relationship between journalists and politicians.
The paper shows that journalists are biased, subjective and unbalanced - and why, therefore, you should never trust the media!
|Paper title||Politics and the Media|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$851.85|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,585.00|
- One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points.
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- May not be credited together with POLS 230 passed in 2003-2007.
- An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
- Teaching staff
- Dr Chris Rudd
- Paper Structure
- The first part of the course will examine the various influences on news content.
The second part of the course involves students conducting their own media analysis.
- Kemp, G. et al Politics and the Media
- Course outline
- View the course outline for POLS 215
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- A student will be able to analyse written or oral communication and carry out self-directed and independent research upon completion of this course.