Faculty of Arts


POLITICS 328

Comparative Media Politics


Description

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.

Availability 2012

Semester 2

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Dr Joe Atkinson
Lecturer(s) Dr Gavin Ellis

Reading/Texts

Jonathan Hardy, Western Media Systems, London, Routledge, 2008.

Recommended Reading

James T. Hamilton, All the News That’s Fit to Sell, Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 2004.

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Points

POLITICS 328: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

Any 30 points at Stage II in Political Studies or from FTVMS 200-214, 216-219

Restrictions

POLITICS 228


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