Media, Power and Decision-making (7109LHS)

This course examines how political decisions and policy outcomes are influenced by public opinion and the news media. A key purpose of this course is to equip communications graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify Australia's levers of powers and to systematically advocate for policy change on behalf of clients. In so doing, this course examines the Australian people through six sociological cleavages, and evaluates theories around power, communication and rhetoric. The course also identifies the levers of power residing in our political institutions, including prime ministers, cabinet, parliament, political parties, pressure groups and electoral systems. Students will also develop other knowledge and skills transferable to other fields of communication.

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 1

Usually available

Online 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 enrol in this Class
Class (42122) Open Weeks 1 - 5, Mid-Trimester Break, 6 - Exam week This is a non-timetabled class. Please refer to the course profile for further information.