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GOVT2603: Media Politics and Political Communication

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.

Code GOVT2603
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Politics or 12 credit points at 1000 level in International Relations or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Government and International Relations

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate understanding of different ontologies of thinking about media politics (institutional, behavioural, functional, constructivist)
  • LO2. demonstrate understanding of contemporary debates about the impact of the media system on the conduct of politics
  • LO3. demonstrate understanding of issues relevant to policy-makers consideration of the regulation of media
  • LO4. demonstrate strategic understanding about how media can be employed to achieve political outcomes
  • LO5. demonstrate media analysis skills.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.