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2013 HPP310 Media and Politics

Unit Level: Advanced

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HPP210

Not Offered


Provides students with a broad introduction to the increasingly intimate relationships between media and politics. The unit critically analyses key ideas on the role of the media in politics, including the democratic and propaganda models of media. It examines the ways in which media ownership patterns, the structure and organisation of media reporting, the relationship between 'spin doctors' and politicians, opinion polling, and image-making shape the political and electoral process. The implications for politics of 'globalisation' and new media (satellite, digital and internet casting) are also considered. Key case studies of the dynamic relationship between media and politics is drawn from Australia, the United Kingdom and other European countries, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: 200 level: 2,500-word essay (40%), tutorial participation and report (10%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (50%)
300 level: 3,000-word essay (40%), tutorial participation and report (10%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (50%)

TEACHING PATTERN: Int: 2-hr lecture weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly;
Dist. Ed: web-based delivery of 13 lectures, 1 online tutorial discussion fortnightly)

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Fully online - I,N,L,W
This unit is taught entirely online
   Resource supported teaching & learning - I,N,L,W,H
Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
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Prereq 1 Introductory HSG, HIR or HPP unit
M.Excl HPP210 HEJ211/311 HSD203/303

STAFF: Dr William Bostock (Co-ordinator)

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