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MCH8177 : Power, Politics and Communication

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Majid Khosravinik
  • Lecturer: Dr David Bates, Dr Darren Kelsey, Dr Joss Hands
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to:
• familiarise students with the key theoretical frameworks and current debates in the field of media, power and politics;
• provide an understanding of the impact of digital media on politics and power;
• equip students with skills to undertake research in the field of politics of/in digital devices and platforms;
• engage students in a critical discussion of various theoretical models and their validity at both national and global level, especially in the context of the changing nature of technology and communication patterns that impact politics;
• provide an overview of interworking of media and democractic politics;
• familiarise students with the processes of digital devices in political communication.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics may include

Media and democratic politics
Media and power
Digital media and politics of identity
Digital media and discrimination
Digital media and populism
Politics of mediation technology
Digital Democracy
New media politics and critique

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Online non-synchronous - lecture material on Canvas
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion152:0052:00Independent study and development of Case Study 1
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Independent study and development of Essay 1
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading165:0065:00Short tasks designed to bolster knowledge of lecture materials and build towards assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Present-in-person. Seminar format - discussion of pre-circulated tasks. Can move online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops111:0011:00Present-in-person workshop. All students in the same single session per week. Can move online
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MCH3077Power, Politics and Communication
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module examines the practices of digital media and power in contemporary society and introduces key theoretical and methodological approaches for the study of production, distribution and consumption of political discourses. It uses weeklylectures to provide an initial guide to impart this knowledge. The sessions provide the basis through which advanced study designed to engage with the forefront of academic study can take place. Alongside lectures, a weekly small group seminar provides opportunity to work on tasks in groups in addition to providing a space where students can engage in critical discussions and individual presentations.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A60Essay, 2500 words
Case study2M40Case Study, 1500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The theoretical essay will allow students to make proof of advanced analytical and critical skills and to develop their information literacy skills while exploring the relevant body of literature and practice their writing skills. They will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the chosen theoretical framework, its importance in developing a clear and coherent argument, as well as its limitations.

The assessed case study will test students' research skills, problem-solving abilities, adaptability and initiative, as well as students' critical use of relevant research and theoretical perspectives based on the collection and submission of empirical material.

Both assessments allow students to develop critical and evaluative skills and stress the importance of working to deadlines and goals.

Reading Lists