Module Details

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Title Global Journalism and Politics
Code COMM748
Coordinator Dr VY Slavtcheva-Petkova
Communication and Media
Vera.Slavtcheva-Petkova@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To introduce students to ways that different social, political, and economic contexts impact on how journalism is produced and consumed.

To enable students to compare the professional practices and ideologies of journalists across different countries.

To analyse the efficacy and quality of journalism in comparative perspective.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to define and critically evaluate key theories and concepts that explain the interplay between journalism and politics.

(LO2) Students will be able to understand and critically analyse the role journalists play both in the global South and in the global North.

(LO3) Students will be able to discuss the current state of media freedom and journalistic practices around the world as well as the main contextual factors that influence those practices.

(LO4) Students will be able to critically analyse different perspectives on how global audiences' expectations and consumption habits shape, and are shaped by, the political information environment.

(S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, presentations.

(S3) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources.

(S4) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information.


Syllabus

 

This module will offer a cross-national comparative perspective on the state of journalism around the world. The module will interrogate key terms used in journalism research, such as impartiality and press freedom, and will discuss what it means to be a journalist in comparative perspective. The module will also address a range of contextual factors that influence journalistic roles and performance, such as the nature of the political system, the respective media systems, and relevant cultural and societal differences. The module will also consider the how audiences’ expectations about the role of journalists in their society are also shaped by key political and cultural factors. A range of case studies will be discussed throughout the module.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will be taught by a 2-hour weekly workshop which will incorporate lecture content and seminar discussion and activities.

This activity may be online or on campus and could be subject to changes.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           24

24
Timetable (if known)           120 mins X 1 totaling 24
 
 
Private Study 126
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
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Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
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CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
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opportunity
Penalty for late
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Research Report: 3500 words Resit opportunity: Yes Anonymous: Yes  3150-3850 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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