Politics, Journalism and the Media

Module code: 5JRNL007W
Faculty: School of Media, Arts and Design
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Students in all faculties, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module will enable you to develop a detailed understanding of the complex relationships between media, journalism and modern politics. It combines a critical perspective informed by the latest research with teaching focused on the skills and working practices of political journalists and media activists. You will explore the role of social and digital media in political and social mobilisation, and the ways in which wars, conflicts and political and social crises are mediated. The module will also introduce you to the skills needed to cover politics at a local, national and European level, and considers how journalists can write effectively and ethically about social movements, activist politics, environmental issues and global conflicts.

This is a module that combines exploration of theoretical approaches with practical work which puts those concepts to the test. Teaching and learning will include a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, tutorials and site visits to organisations or locations. Assessment will be based on two pieces of coursework. The first is a 2,500 essay which will enable you to reflect critically on both theory and examples of media practice and its relationship to politics. The second is a portfolio of a longer piece of political journalism and short reflective evaluation, consisting of around 1,500 words.