Fake News and Political Reality: Media Communications and the Future of Democ

Ref: C2228604

This course examines the role of communication in politics and the changes that have recently brought a sense of crisis to our democracies. It asks why established parties are changing or losing favour with electorates? Why are large parts of the established media either dying or being dismissed as 'fake news'? How is social media rapidly changing all the rules? What drove the votes for Brexit and Trump? This course introduces the basic concepts of the academic discipline known as 'Political Communication', explores the relationship between the media and democracy and analyses the precarious state of the media and political landscape today.

Course aim

This course examines communication in politics and the changes that have brought a sense of crisis to our democracies. It explores the relationship between the media and democracy and analyses the precarious state of the media and politics today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between political communication (media) and politics.
  • Understand the role of the media in both domestic and international politics and the differences between those two spheres.
  • Distinguish between the rapid and long term effects on politics of communication change.
  • Explain either verbally or in writing the relationship between democracy and the media in a liberal democracy.
  • Think more critically - using reasoned, evidence based arguments to support an understanding of the world.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

I basic background knowledge in current affairs will be an advantage. If you are not well informed on these matters then it won't mean you cannot take it, but it would help your enjoyment of the course if you were to read the newspapers (quality as well as tabloid) in the run up to starting it.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Fake News and Political Reality: Media Communications and the Future of Democ

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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