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    The political roles, functions and effects of the media in New Zealand.

    How do we know that the media’s powerful influence is being used to help inform citizens about public issues, to hold public officials accountable for their actions, to help reflect public opinion, or to provide a forum for public debate? Is it possible the media is being used as a propaganda tool to defend the economic, social and political agendas of privileged groups in society? And is social media designed to maximise profit or maximise democracy? These are the questions that this course seeks to explore.

    About this paper

    Paper title Politics and the Media in New Zealand
    Subject Politics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level POLS points
    POLS 215
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Dr Chris Rudd

    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is 100% internally assessed, involves group work.


    There is no required textbook for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Teamwork, Communication, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper should develop in the following areas:

    • Cognitive: knowledge of major theories of politics-media relationship
    • Behavioural skills: oral and written communication, teamwork, collaboration and cooperation
    • Affective: ability to empathise with different viewpoints


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
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