MC417 Half Unit
Democracy and the Media
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Dr Bart Cammaerts STC. S213
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Politics and Communication. This course is not available as an outside option.
This course examines the links between the media and democracy in theory and practice. The range of issues examined include: theories of democracy and the obligations of media; issues of press freedom and the limits to free speech; media and elections; media and public policy; the Internet and political participation; reporting in the digital age; media in an international context and the relationship between the media and social movements. This course discusses the role assumed by the media in both long-established democratic societies and in new and emerging democracies.
6 hours of lectures and 6 hours of seminars in the MT. 1 hour of lectures in the ST.
8 hours of student-presented case study classes in MT.
All students are expected to complete advance reading, prepare seminar presentations, and submit one essay of 1,500 words.
J. Curran Media and Power, London: Routledge, 2002; R. Gunther & A. Mughan, Democracy and the Media: A comparative perspective, CUP, 2000; D Hallin & P Mancini, Comparing Media Systems, CUP, 2003; R. Hackett and Y. Zhao (Ed) Democratizing global media: one world, many struggles, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005; D. Held, Models of Democracy, 3rd edn, Cambridge: Polity, 2006; H Jenkins and D Thorburn, Democracy and the New Media, MIT, 2003; Negrine, R. The Transformation of Political Communication Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008; Susan Pharr and R Putnam, Disaffected Democracies, 2000; P. H. Smith Democracy in Latin America: political change in comparative perspective, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005; M. Scammell and H. Semetko, Media, Journalism and Democracy: A Reader, Ashgate, 2000; B. Cammaerts and N. Carpentier (Eds) Reclaiming the Media: communication rights and democratic media roles, ECREA book series, Bristol: Intellect 2007. B. Cammaerts, A., Matoni and P. McCurdy (eds) Mediation and Protest Movements. Bristol: Intellect, 2013.
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Department: Media & Communications
Total students 2012/13: 31
Average class size 2012/13: 16
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Specialist skills