Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 hour Lecture/Workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay (2500 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Essay (2500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay (2500 words) - (to a new title)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay (2500 words) - (to a new title)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the different roles that organisations, institutions and individuals play in forming and implementing media policy

Understand, analyse and evaluate critically the development of contemporary UK media policy

Locate UK media policy debates within a wider, global context

Brief description

This module examines how media policy addresses questions of ownership, dissemination and content regulation in the UK (although some comparison will be made with Europe and elsewhere). It examines the policies and frameworks of state and media institutions, and examines how technological changes are changing the scope and nature of media policy. The module also provides an insight into aspects of policing and regulating the media, questions of power, citizenship and pluralism.


Lectures and seminars will be based around the following topics:

The press and the State

Broadcasting and the state

Censorship of the media

The media and the devolved administration in the UK

Economic regulation

Content regulation

Ownership of the media

Globalisation and the media

Media audiences - consumers or citizens?

Contemporary debates

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not developed or assessed in this module
Communication This will be developed in seminar discussions (oral) and in essays (written) with the latter being assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be encouraged, through formal feedback on written assignments and in contact with tutors, to reflect on their own learning and academic performance.
Information Technology Students will be expected to utilize web resources as part of their research for seminars and essays and will be expected to submit essays in word-processed format
Personal Development and Career planning This will not be central to the skills developed in the module although the work will enable students to develop an understanding of their abilities and aptitudes in relation to their study of contemporary media policy and potentially with regard to future research and employment opportunities
Problem solving Students will be required to address problems on a weekly basis in seminars, thus their problem-solving skills will be developed. Essays will also give students an opportunity to address problems relating to contemporary media policy issues and these will be assessed.
Research skills Students will be required to undertake research for seminar classes and for the two written assignments.
Subject Specific Skills Critical awareness of contemporary media debates
Team work This will be developed in the seminars where students will be asked to work on a particular issue or reading in small groups.


This module is at CQFW Level 5