Democracy and the Public Sphere (9310.2)
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|Discipline Of Communication And Media||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Learning outcomesOn completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of the public sphere concept;
2. understand the role of public opinion in a democratic society;
3. critically analyse contested approaches to understanding public opinion formation, change and measurement;
4. apply public opinion theories to a range of contemporary case studies;
5. demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills;
6. demonstrate written and oral communication skills.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Incompatible unitsRestrictions: This unit is not open to students who have passed 8124 Democracy and Public Opinion.
Equivalent units8124 Democracy and Public Opinion
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Journals available via the University of Canberra library website:
Public Opinion Quarterly
International Journal of Public Opinion
Media International Australia
Australian Journal of Communication
European Journal of Public Opinion Research
New Media and Society
Media and Society
Key texts for the unit:
Clawson, Rosalee A. & Oxley, Zoe, M. (2008) Public opinion: democratic ideals, democratic practice. Washington: CQ Press
Craig, G. (2004) Media, politics & public life, Sydney, Allen & Unwin.
Dunlop, T (2013): The New Front Page: new media and the rise of the audience. Scribe Publications, Brunswick, Victoria
Economou, N. & Tanner, S. (2008) Media, power and politics in Australia
Gladwell, G (2002) The Tipping Point: how little things can make a big difference. Little, Brown & Company
Glynn, C., Herbst, S. O'Keefe, G. & Shapiro, R. (1999) Public Opinion. Boulder, Westview.
Louw, E. (2010) Media and political process
Hollinsworth, D. (1998) Race and racism in Australia, Katoomba, Social Studies Press. Allan, S. (2010) The Routledge companion to news and journalism, London, Routledge.
Required IT skills
Familiarity with facebook is part of this unit and it is desired that students have a facebook account. If not, an account can be set up for participation in the closed facebook group which will be established on a 'secret' setting.
Work placement, internships or practicums