Seminars meet each weekday morning, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study, or exploring the many places of interest in and around the city.
Please note that OUDCE reserves the right to alter course content and/or cancel field trips in accordance with government guidance.
Introduction to media studies. Historical overview of the development of the mass media in contemporary societies.
The role of media in democracies. Considerations on Media as the forth state. Examining the role of media as a watchdog for fighting corruption and excesses of power through promoting transparency and accountability. In this light, notions such as priming, agenda setting, framing, coverage and gatekeeping are closely scrutinised to bring certain socio-political functions of media into a better light of appreciation.
Media Ethics: in this session ethical principles such as transparency, justice, harm, autonomy and privacy are examined.
Media Bias: Topics treated in this session include: editorial slant, event selection, source selection, ideology, commission and omission of information, labelling and word choice, story placement, picture selection, spin and frame analysis.
Future trends in Media. Topics treated in this session include: An evaluation of the processes of democratisation of media, citizen journalism, social media, user feedback and crowdsourcing, news aggregation, web crawling and scrapping and audience targeting.
Closing remarks and future trends.