POL305 Power, Politics and Propaganda in the Media (8)

This subject examines the power of the mass media and their role and influence in Australia and the world in the era of the information age. In particular, the subject addresses the relationship between corporations, modern journalism and government in a liberal democracy (the PR State, election campaigns, censorship, new media, fearmongering, foreign news correspondence etc.), with special attention to historical background and contemporary debates surrounding the Fourth Estate, propaganda, and the political economy of the mass media


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POL305. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to outline the power and impact of media on politics and politics on the media
  • be able to evaluate critically the effects of the changing media environment on Australia's political institutions and their accountability to the public
  • be able to demonstrate a critical knowledge of the effects of new information technologies on politics and society
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the philosophy behind the Fourth Estate and its effects on the media and public sphere
  • be able to appraise critically government media policies


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Power and Ideology in a Liberal Democracy
  • The Role of the Media in a Liberal Democracy
  • Media Effects and Voting Behaviour
  • Image, Politics, and the PR State
  • Parties and Election Campaigns
  • Social Trust and the Politics of Fear
  • Media Ownership and Deregulation
  • Free Speech and Censorship
  • Ethics and Media Content Regulation
  • The Politics of Foreign News Coverage: Before and After 9/11
  • New Media and Public Broadcasting

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POL305 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Media theory application
Propaganda analysis
Global media analysis

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.