Media, Society and Politics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Media, Society and Politics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This is an introductory course for students interested in exploring the role of the media in shaping society and politics. The course discusses the rise of the mass-media, the control and regulation of media institutions, and the role of the media in shaping public opinion. It will also assess the impact of current developments such as independent media, convergence, digitisation, globalisation and the concentration of media ownership.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. Have acquired a practical familiarity with, the concepts of mass media, political economy, the public sphere, media industries and institutions, media practices, and media technologies;
    2. Have developed and practiced techniques of scholarship and methods of analysis of the media;
    3. Be familiar with the literacies of academic writing;
    4. Contribute to, and facilitate, group discussion.

    Essay 1- 30%
    Essay 2- 30%
    Final Exam- 40%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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