MD5104: Politics for Journalists

MD5104: Politics for Journalists

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Politics for Journalists
Module Code MD5104
Module Tutor Paul Wiltshire
School School of Media
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module considers the importance of journalism in democracy and the political process and the importance of politics in all forms of reporting. To this end, the module considers the political groups, organisations, structures and responsibilities of local government in the UK and international organisations, and looks at how to develop stories from and about public bodies.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will be delivered in lectures and will look at the operation of different levels of government affecting the UK. Students will be helped to evaluate, investigate and report on the political decision-making process and build on their awareness of the significance of politics in all forms of journalism. They will also examine how the media covers politics and key political events. The aim is that they should be empowered to tackle a full range of stories concerning all levels of government.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the political processes at local, national and European level, and communicate this knowledge and associated ideas confidently to a variety of audiences.
  2. Demonstrate a developing critical understanding of how to structure a theoretically informed political argument, illustrating this with effective textual examples and evaluation of conflicting ideas.
  3. Demonstrate an informed awareness of the cultural and professional contexts of reporting politics and how to communicate this in an informed and coherent analysis.
  4. Contribute to group discussions and critically evaluate the contributions of colleagues.
  5. Critically analyse how politics and political events are covered by the media.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Exam: Unseen, Closed Book: 1.75 hours
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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