- 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 Law, Political Communication, Sociology, Communications, Human Rights
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Paul K Jones
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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This course introduces contemporary issues in media sociology, with a focus on the concept of the public sphere. The course has three key themes:
1) debates about news and the 'crisis' of journalism in the wake of digitization of communication;
2) media/broadcasting policy and regulation—including social media—and the ideal of informed citizenship; and
3) challenges to the notion of the public sphere from phenomena such as populist politics and the rise of 'fake news'.
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; and
- express ideas in writing with conceptual coherence.
Indicative AssessmentCritical Review, 1500 words (40%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Tutorial Presentation of 10 minutes (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-3
Final Essay, 3000 words (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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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