Students should write 2,500 words on one of the following questions 1) With reference to the writings of Antonio Gramsci evaluate Gerald Sussman’s argument that we live in a ‘propaganda society’? 2) Explain the increase in public diplomacy output since the end of the Cold War. 3) What factors lie behind the mainstream news media’s coverage of environmental issues? Discuss with reference to the ‘climategate’ story. 4) What differences and similarities are there between the political communications of an authoritarian and a democratic regime? 5) Does the lobby system improve or weaken the democratic process? Engage with theories of democracy to explain your answer. 6) Discuss the role of PR firms within the political process in Britain and how they impact upon the quality of our democracy. 7) Where does the future lie for investigative political journalism? 8) How should the notion of the ‘China Dream’ be understood and critiqued? 9) Does the news media have a fetish for war and conflict? Explain your answer by referring to academic sources and recent examples of mainstream news media coverage. 10) Why might it be said that foreign aid and/or international charities are not motivated by the improvement of social justice for their recipients? 11) Explain the growth of celebrity activists within the political process.
Originally posted 2018-05-01 22:35:32.