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Archived Version 2009 - 2010

Module Title Media and Politics in Ireland
Module Code CM569
School School of Communications

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Module Co-ordinatorProf Steven KnowltonOffice NumberC126
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 1Early 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 3The role of political communication leading up to 1916: the nationalist and trade union media.Lecture 4Political Communication in the War of Independence and the Civil WarLecture 5The Irish Press: Paper, Party and MessageLecture 6Censorship in World War 11Lecture 7Media Management and the State: The Government Information BureauMedia Management and the State: The Irish News AgencyLecture 8Political Communication and Outreach: The Short-wave Radio StationLecture 9Political broadcasting: the radio and television battlegroundLecture 10The political parties and their communication strategiesLecture 11Government and media in the twenty-first centuryLecture 12Revision
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
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