Politics, Spin and the Media (2006GIR)

Politicians never seem to stop talking. Effective communication appears to be the key to success in modern politics and the media and is, in all its forms, a vital and integral part of a functioning democracy. Indeed, the media needs politics, and politicians need the media. We will examine to what extent both sides try to influence each other in setting the political agenda. This course focuses on how political actors communicate with voters through the traditional mass media and through social media. Our topics include classical conceptions of rhetoric and the important part that it plays in modern politics; the modern concept of spin, and the role of the media in analysing and interpreting what politicians say; and the interview and the campaign. Prerequisites: NIL Co-requisites: NIL Incompatibles: 2006GIR Rhetoric, Spin and the Media AND 2006PPP Politics, Politicians and the Media AND Politics and the Media

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 1

Usually available

Gold Coast Trimester 2Nathan Trimester 2

Course offerings and timetables


Key dates

Course start date
8 July 2019
Last day to add a course
21 July 2019
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
4 August 2019
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
8 September 2019

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Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Seminar
Seminar (40218) Friday 09:00 - 11:50
Weeks 1 - 5, 6 - 12
N16 0.10
Macrossan Building
Nathan Campus