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Archived Version 2004 - 2005

Module Title Political Communication in Ireland
Module Code CM569
School School of Communications

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Module Co-ordinatorProf John HorganOffice Number
Level 5 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
To introduce students to the history, development and modalities of political communication in Ireland through a combination of lectures and case studies

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be thoroughly cognisant with the history and contemporary reality of political communication in Ireland, with particular reference to government-media relationships, the legislative framework and practitioner experience.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 150

Total 150
Assume that a 10 credit module load represents approximately 150 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
Lecture 1 Early background of the print media and government media relationships in Ireland. Lecture 2: The nineteenth century: Constitutionalists and revolutionaries: O'Connell, Lalor, Mitchel. The Nation and The Felon. Lecture 3 The role of political communication leading up to 1916: the nationalist and trade union media. Lecture 4 Political Communication in the War of Independence and the Civil War Lecture 5 The Irish Press: Paper, Party and Message Lecture 6 Censorship in World War 11 Lecture 7 Media Management and the State: The Government Information Bureau Media Management and the State: The Irish News Agency Lecture 8 Political Communication and Outreach: The Short-wave Radio Station Lecture 9 Political broadcasting: the radio and television battleground Lecture 10 The political parties and their communication strategies Lecture 11 Government and media in the twenty-first century Lecture 12 Revision
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
Adams, Michael: Censorship: the Irish Experience: University of Alabama Press, 1968. Cathcart, Rex: The most contrary region: the BBC in Northern Ireland: Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1984. Cooney, John & McGarry, Tony (eds.): Spin-Doctors: A threat to Democracy? Dublin, Humbert Publications, 1994. Curtis, Liz: Ireland: The Propaganda War: London, Pluto, 1984. Duignan, Sean: One More Spin on the Merry Go Round: Dublin, Poolbeg, 1994. Finlay, Fergus: Snakes and Ladders, Dublin, New Island Press, 1998. Fisher, Desmond: Broadcasting in Ireland, Case Studies on Broadcasting Systems, Routledge in Association with International Institute of Communications, 1978. O' Drisceoil, Donal: Censorship in Ireland, 1939-1945: neutrality, politics and society: Cork University Press, 1996. Rolston, Bill (ed.): War and Words: the Northern Ireland Media Reader: Belfast: Beyond the Pale Publications, 1996. Ryan, Tim: Mara, PJ, Dublin, Blackwater, 1992. Savage, Robert: Irish Television: The Political and Social Origins: Cork University Press, 1997. Woodman, Kieran: Media control in Ireland, 1923-1983: Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press, 1985.
Programme or List of Programmes
MAPMA Political Communication