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2013/14 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

COMM2380 The Reporting of Politics

20 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Judith Stamper
Email: j.stamper@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2013/14

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

The module will help provide an understanding of the way politics is reported on television radio the print media and Internet. It will give an insight into the political units at Millbank in Westminster and their relationship to the daily parliamentary routine. The module will follow the development of political reporting in Britain over the past 50 years . It examines the current public perception of politicians, the apparent disengagement of the electorate, the global nature of political activity, and the role of the media in the political process.

Learning outcomes
1) To develop an understanding of how Britain is governed and why this particular system of government has emerged over the years.
2) To examine the role of the mass media in British democracy.
3) Assess the impact of the developing technologies of mass communication.
4) To assess the relationship between politicians and the media and critically evaluate the influences broadcasters may have on political outcomes.

Skills outcomes
Students will be expected to assess the relationship between politicians and the media and critically evaluate the reporting of political events.


Syllabus

1) A brief examination of the history of British Politics and Political Communication.
2) Analysis of the recent political scene, including the relationships between journalists and Politicians.
3) The range of political news programme genres will be examined, including a critique of the varying content requirements for local, national , Current Affairs and rolling 24 hour news.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Seminar111.0011.00
Tutorial20.301.00
Private study hours177.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

exam and essay preparation 177 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Two tutorials to monitor essay submission, followed by formative feedback on essay which helps to inform revision for exams. Final seminars are for exam preparation

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 - 2,500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/02/2014

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