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POLS306 Politics and the Media in New Zealand

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.

Paper title Politics and the Media in New Zealand
Paper code POLS306
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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 and has terms requirements.


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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-13:50 9-13, 16-22
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 16, 18-22