- Code SOCY2165
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Political Communication, Political Sciences, Sociology, Human Rights, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Paul Jones
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2016
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This course introduces major issues in media sociology using the concept of the public sphere as its organising framework. Three mutually dependent themes also organise the course: (i) news cultures and related normative ideals and debates (especially the ongoing 'crisis of journalism' usually attributed to the digital transformation of means of communication); (ii) the ideal of 'informed citizenship' as understood (and challenged) in media sociology and related policy areas e.g. the role of public service broadcasting systems; (iii) the populist challenge to the public sphere framework and the norms and institutions with which it has become associated e.g. 'quality journalism'.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise some key controversies and debates within the literature on public sphere and media.
- Identify the basic elements of dispute within a theoretical or methodological perspective.
- Display skills associated with scholarly inquiry about the public sphere including those related to critical analysis, argument and written expression.
- Express ideas in writing with conceptual coherence.
Indicative AssessmentCritical Review, 1500 words (40%) LO 1,2,3
Tutorial Presentation of 10 minutes (10%) LO 1,2,3
Final Essay, 3000 words (50%) LO 1,2
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WorkloadOne 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours)
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will be provided on the course Wattle site
Preliminary ReadingJones,P.K & Holmes,D. (2011) Key Concepts in Media & Communications. London: Sage.
Fraser, N. (1992) ‘Rethinking the Public Sphere: towards a critique of actually existing democracy’. In Craig Calhoun (ed) Habermas and the Public Sphere: Critical Debates. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Fuchs, C. (2014). Social media and the public sphere. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society, 12(1), 57-101.
Habermas, J. (2009). ‘Media, Markets and Consumers: The Quality Press as the Backbone of the Public Sphere.’ In Europe: The Faltering Project. Cambridge (UK): Polity Press.
Habermas,J. (1974) ‘The Public Sphere: An Encyclopedia Article’, New German Critique 1(3), 49-55. (First published 1964).
Jacobs, R. N. (2010) ‘Entertainment Media and the Aesthetic Public Sphere’. In J.Alexander, R.Jacobs & P.Smith (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology. N.Y.: Oxford UP.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9619||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|