This programme examines the rapidly changing relationship between the media, politics and the public, and considers how their overlapping relations influence democracy and the distribution of power.
You should apply for this programme if you are interested in media coverage of politics, the role of spin, agenda-setting, public relations, political advertising and new media.
You will work with leading academics in the areas of political communication, political science and journalism studies. You will also be exposed to a range of senior influential guest lecturers.
To provide students with a conceptual framework to understand the evolution, practice and terminology of political communication;
To examine the relationship between the media, politics and the public;
To provide an understanding of how political and public communication informs and sustains democracy and the distribution of power in both national and international contexts;
To acquire the ability to undertake and communicate original research;
Why Do this Programme in DCU?
Long established & highly regarded nationally and internationally;
Challenging learning environment;
Taught by a team of experienced, research active lecturers;
Experienced guest speakers;
High employment rates for graduates & excellent career progression.
Recent guest speakers have included senior political advisors, Fergus Finlay, Gerard Howlin, Mandy Johnson, Tony Heffernan, RIchard Moore and Mark Mortell. Other speakers included Robert Watt, Secretary-General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Craig Gordon, Chief Deputy Managing Editor of the Washington based online publisher, Politico; Chris Mullin, former British Labour MP and government minister; Peter Horricks, head of global news at the BBC; and the British political blogger Paul Staines (Guido Fawkes).