Media and Crisis (P3074)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module explores the opportunities, challenges and crises facing the news media globally in today’s economic, technological and social environments. You’ll examine the transformations in the structure and funding of the news media industries, as well as:

  • fake news
  • the rise of new forms of media content creation
  • how the media report on major crises, like health epidemics or the environment.

You will:

  • gain a critical understanding of how the news media are changing and how they stay the same in the digital era
  • have opportunities to debate issues with members of the industry
  • improve your writing, research and analytical skills and gain experience in writing an engaging and accurate report.


48%: Lecture
52%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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: