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Archived Version 2015 - 2016

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

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 an understanding of a significant dimension of media and politics in Ireland;
2. Critically analyse the historical relationship between media and politics in Ireland with consideration of relevant international context;
3. Analyse current debates in political communication in Ireland in wider historic and international contexts;
4. Appreciate the conditions and constraints under which the actors in the political communication process operate;
5. Synthesize significant amounts of professional and academic literature in a comprehensible and organized manner;

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: Media & politics before independence; The arrival of radio and television; Censorship & Evil Literature; Censorship & the Emergency; Church and media; Reporting Northern Ireland; Political journalism in Ireland; Political campaign management; Broadcasting & the political system.

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,
  • Horgan, John: 2001, Irish Media A Critical History since 1922, Routledge, 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,
  • Brian McNair,: 2011, An Introduction to Political Communication, Fifth, Routledge, London, 9780415596442
  • Louw, P. Eric: 2010, The Media and Political Process, 2nd, Sage, London,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MAPMA in Political Communication