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Media in France

Module Code: FR316
Module Name: Media in France
Module Coordinator: Professor Jeremy Ahearne
Not running 2018-19
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

Without the media, we would understand little of what happens in the wider world, but in what ways to they also distort our understanding of that world? How have political and other authorities in France sought to the media for their own ends? How have global shifts in media technologies and economics been refracted in France? In this module, we will look to answer these and other questions by looking at developments over the last 70 years.

You will explore in particular the following topics: President Charles de Gaulle’s use of the media in the first decade of the Fifth Republic (1958-1969); the impact of commercial logics on television news outputs after the 1980s; the impact of the internet on written news journalism during the last decade; President Nicolas Sarkozy’s use of the media between 2007 and 2012; the development in France during the last decade of an international news channel (France 24).

Assessment Method:

You may choose to be examined in the following ways:
100% formal three-hour examination
OR
100% assessed work, consisting of TWO assessed essays, each of 4,000-5,000 words in length
OR
50% formal two-hour examination plus 50% ONE assessed essay of 4,000-5,000 words in length