Faculty of Arts
Comparative Media Politics
A comparative examination of the political content of the media, particularly television, and the factors that influence that content. Based on the political economy perspective, but drawing insights from sociology, cultural studies and public sphere theory and comparing NZ, UK and US media systems and practices. Moving beyond the neoliberal equation of unregulated markets with "free communication" and uncritical celebrations of internet democracy, the course employs a comparative schema which draws empirical distinctions between media systems according to variations in state intervention, political parallelism and journalistic professionalism. It also employs a conceptualisation of "complex democracy" which combines elite, republican-participatory and liberal-pluralist notions of democracy.
Jonathan Hardy, Western Media Systems, London, Routledge, 2008.
James T. Hamilton, All the News That’s Fit to Sell, Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 2004.
POLITICS 228: 15.0 points
30 points at Stage I in Political Studies or FTVMS 100 and 101