Journalism, Politics and Society (P5061)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

You will explore key aspects of journalism theory and practice relating to its role in politics and society. You’ll analyse the complex interactions between the news media, political actors, professional political communicators, audiences and collective movements in the public sphere.

You will look at the shifts enabled by digital technology in the dynamics of these interactions, but also at continuities within change.

The module combines critical analysis of these issues with a practical component that allows you to produce and reflect on your own media content.


32%: Lecture
9%: One-to-one (Tutorial)
27%: Practical (Workshop)
32%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: