Media and the Public Sphere

University of Roehampton

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Media and the Public Sphere

  • Host University

    University of Roehampton

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Assessment: interactive portfolio (4000 words or equivalent) [100%]

    This module explores the way the media functions as an important part of any modern democracy. In particular it will focus on the role it plays in the creation and maintenance of a mediated public sphere. It will do this by defining what the public sphere is, why it is important to democracy, how it is thought to operate, and when and how it is thought to have developed in Britain and other nations. Taking examples from around the world the module will then explore different aspects of the public sphere and the way it relates to particular media forms, such as broadcasting and the development of the associated concept of public service broadcasting, the debates around the freedom of the press, and potential alternative public spheres as provided by reality TV and talk shows. The module will also explore how media appointed critics play a role in helping to shape public opinion, often in the interest of the dominant culture. It will end by raising questions of whether the concept of the public sphere can usefully be applied to understand developments happening on the web or whether a new concept might be required.

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