Media Politics & Political Communication (GOVT2603)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit is primarily about news, its production, contents and impacts. It will examine the special demands of different news organisations and of reporting different news areas; the news media as an arena in political conflicts and the consequent interests and strategies of various groups in affecting news content; and the impacts of news on political processes and relationships. Our primary focus is on Australia, but there is some comparison with other affluent liberal democracies. The substantive areas the unit will focus on include election reporting, scandals and the reporting of war and terrorism.

Further unit of study information

Classes

1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Assessment

2000wd essays (2x45%) and in-class quiz (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12 Junior credit points from Government and International Relations) or (12 Junior credit points from GCST, SCLG, ANTH, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013)

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.