SSST Subjects

Media, Power, and Political Culture

Political Science


International Relations


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc Major in Political Science/International Relations

Status (core, option, free choice)



FHEQ Level



Unit Value



Semester taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code


Module coordinator

Jana Jevtic

Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • The module offers an introduction to the study of media and cultural politics and their complex relations to power in a broad sense.
  • The aim is to familiarize students with theoretical, epistemological, and political ideas that shape these relationships and encourage them to exchange ideas and debate between different positions.
  • The module offers insights into an array of links between the media, on one side, and political processes, institutions, actors, and society, on the other.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Media Content: Political Bias and Reporting of Politics
  • Politics and Entertainment: Corruption, Conspiracy and Propaganda
  • Media Effects: Long-term and Short-term Effects
  • State Control and Propaganda: Between Repression and Regulation
  • Conglomerate Control: Media Moguls and Media Power
  • Watchdogs or Lapdogs: The Politics of Journalism
  • Globalization of Media: Webs of Power, Webs of Voices? 
  • E-Democracy: New Democracy, New Politics? 
  • Political Marketing and Celebrity Politics
  • Power and Mass Media: Media and Socio-Political Change
  • Future of Media, Future of Democracy: Free Press

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time
Lectures 15 2 hours 30 hours
Tutorials 30 1 hours 30 hours
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 140
Total Contact Hours 60
Total Engagement Hours 200

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline
Final exam 1 3 hours 50% End of semester
Mid-semester exam 1 2 hours 20% Week 8
Newspaper article 1 2,000 words 20% By week 14
In-class / seminar participation 1 Various 10% Ongoing (weekly)

Module Outcomes

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Module readings and class discussion (ILO: 1-5)
  • Lectures (ILO: 1-5)
  • Individual tutorials (ILO: 1-5) 
  • Practical exercises with tutor-lead support  (PS: 1-3)
  • Module readings and class discussions. (TS: 1-4)
  • Lectures and in-class exercises (TS: 1-4)
  • In-class presentation, public speaking exercises (TS: 1-4)

Assessment Strategy

  • Module work – mid-term exam, newspaper article and in-class participation (ILO: 1-5)
  • Final Exam (ILO: 1-5)
  • Newspaper article (PS: 1-3)
  • Module work – mid-term exam, newspaper article and in-class participation (TS: 1-4)
  • Final Exam (TS: 1-4)

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • John Street (2010), Mass Media, Politics & Democracy,2 Edition, Palgrave Macmillan

Supplementary Materials

  • Glasgow University Media Group (1982). Really Bad News, Littlehampton Book Services  
  • Livingston and Lunt (1993). Talk on Television: Audience Participation and Public Debate, Routledge
  • Curtice and Semetko (1994). “Does It Matter What the Papers Say?” in Heath et al. (eds.) Labour’s Last Chance? The 1992 Election and Beyond. Aldershot
  • Berry, J., Sobieraj, S., (2016), The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion, Media and New Incivility, OUP USA
  • Soules, M., (2015), Media, Persuasion and Propaganda, Edinburgh University Press
  • Cushion, S., (2015), News and Politics, Routledge

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.  More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.  The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : June 2016

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