Module code: 5PURL002W
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: All students, however some courses already include cross-disciplinary modules and are structured to offer opportunities to expand professional skills. Students on these courses are unable to choose Westminster Plus Electives.
This module offers a critical exploration of the evolving role of freedom of expression and censorship across media platforms and in wider contemporary culture. It introduces you to the history of debates about free speech and cultural expression, encourages you to develop an understanding of the impact of political, technological and commercial changes on censorship and gives you critical tools that will help you analyse and understand different approaches to controlling media and cultural content. You will consider attempts to regulate the press after the Leveson Inquiry, advertising and censorship, the rise of social media and the impact of trolling, film and censorship, free speech and national security.
Teaching and learning will include a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, which will focus on discussing and exploring ideas, and tutorials, either in small groups or individually.
Assessment will be based on two pieces of coursework. The first will be a seminar presentation in which you research, prepare and present a detailed examination of one of the key debates explored in the module. The second will involve participation in a debate as part of a team and a subsequent reflective evaluation exercise. This exercise parallels professional practice and encourages you to work in a small team to research and plan for a discussion about the issues raised on the module.