Module Details

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Title NEWS MEDIA AND SOCIETY
Code COMM301
Coordinator Dr EL Harmer
Communication and Media
E.Harmer@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To examine the structures and dynamics of news production and reception.

To critically assess the professional practices and ideologies of journalists in democratic contexts.

To examine the effectiveness and quality of journalism in a variety of specific cases.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain a good understanding of the democratic role and performance of journalists in contemporary society.

(LO2) Students will possess a good understanding of key theories and perspectives within the sociology of news.

(LO3) Students will be able to discuss contemporary perspectives on journalism and how social, political, economic and technological changes are affecting the way news is produced and consumed.

(LO4) Students will be able to apply wider theories about news production and representation to analyse a range of particular issues or cases.

(S1) Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

(S2) Communication skills (oral and written).

(S3) Information skills - information gathering and critical reading.

(S4) Communication skills - critical debate and argumentation.


Syllabus

 

The module will include topics such as:

The history of journalism.

The social construction of news.

Occupational ideologies and values of journalists.

Theories of news sources and their strategies.

The future of journalism in a digital world.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: The lectures are designed to give a broad introduction to key areas and debates. They are intended to facilitate student reading and to highlight issues that should be explored during independent study time and in seminar discussion. Lecture content will be pre-recorded and delivered asynchronously,
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: The seminars are designed to explore particular issues and debates in more detail. They will enable students to clarify and develop their understanding and to question and explore information and ideas presented in the reading and by their peers. Seminars will also provide important opportunities to raise questions and motivate their independent study in preparation for the assessment tasks.
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   12

        12
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 138
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) Semester 2  3000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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