COMS205-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Media and Politics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


The course provides an understanding of the role of the media in domestic and international politics. It does this by analysing key theoretical assumptions and debates on the role of media institutions in the struggle for power domestically and internationally. This course includes group work and requires active in-class engagement. It has on-campus and distance options. It features internationally-recognised top experts in the field of political communication as our guest speakers. Research, critical debate, collaborative work, networking, creativity, writing and presentation are among the core skills this course aims to advance.


Any 15 points at 100 level from COMS or POLS, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

Natalia Chaban


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quiz 15% Take place every second week: Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 10 Each quiz has 10 questions, Each quiz = 3% of the grade
FORUM 10% One forum post 8% by 22 March, a follow up queston 2% due 18 April. Post that attracts most questions gets 3% added to final grade. Bonus of up to 5% for active tutorial participation/contribution
Group Case Study 35% Group presentation (15%): April 4, during lecture on Monday, 11am-1pm Group written report (20%): April 22, 11:59pm
Essay 20 Jun 2021 40% Participants of the class are invited to choose and write one essay: not shorter than 1,300 words and not longer than 1,500 words. References are not included into this word count

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All COMS205 Occurrences

  • COMS205-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • COMS205-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)