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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2011 - 2012

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

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorProfessor Kevin RafterOffice NumberC 172
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

INACTIVE - To introduce students to the history, development and modalities of political communication in Ireland through a combination of lectures and case studies

Learning Outcomes

1. Conceptualize, research and write an original essay demonstrating understanding of a significant dimension of media and politics
2. Discuss the relationship between press and politics in Ireland, drawing upon relevant political and communication theories
3. Synthesize significant amounts of professional and academic literature in a comprehensible and organized manner
4. Identify and explain the most important roles of mass media and democratic politics
5. Access the Irish experience in an international context

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Lecture24No Description
Seminars4No Description
Seminars4No Description
Independent Study222No Description
Independent Study222No Description
Total Workload: 500

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Module topics
Module topics include Introduction to Political Communications; Media & Politics before Independence; The Arrival of Radio and Television; The Evolution of Political Journalism; Broadcast Media & the Political System; Censorship & Reporting Northern Ireland; Political Media Management; The Web and Politics.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Rafter, Kevin (ed.): 2011, More a disease than a profession - Irish Journalism Before Independence, Manchester University Press, Manchester,
  • Louw, P. Eric: 2010, The Media and Political Process, 2nd, Sage, London,
  • Morash, Christopher: 2010, A History of the Media in Ireland, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
  • Walsh, Maurice: 2008, The News from Ireland Foreign Correspondents and the Irish Revolution, Tauris, London,
  • Horgan, John: 2001, Irish Media A Critical History since 1922, Routledge, London,
  • Finlay, Fergus: 1998, Snakes and Ladders., New Island Press., Dublin,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MAPMA in Political Communication