Successful completion of year one course units.
One Essay 2500 words +/- 10% plus bibliography (50%) Minimum of ten academic citations/references/quotations
One Examination (Two Hours) 50%
1.1 demonstrate a critical understanding of the relations between the media, culture, the economy and society
1.2 analyse the ways in which media technologies are impacting upon the ecology of media organisation, regulation, distribution and consumption
1.3 consider a range of theoretical perspectives on media power
1.4 undertake a case study into media, culture and society
10 Hours lectures/seminars
How and how well did societies negotiate the challenges resulting from the introduction of new communication technologies?
The printing press
Video and Computer Games
Media Structures and Regulation
How do we finance the media?
How and how effectively are the media regulated and in whose interests?
How do we balance freedom of expression with cultural standards in multi cultural societies
How do we define and deal with taste and decency/harm and offence
Public service broadcasting: Cinema, Broadcasting & Press codes of practice
Media Content and Representations
How well and accurately do the media represent cultural identities?
How do we define quality?
Cultural representation(s) and identities ; imperialism
Representations of lifestyles. Sex, violence; gender
Feminist approaches to media content
Section 4 Theories of Media Power and Media Effects
What does the academic research have to say about media effects, media socialisation
media and children; media and minorities;
Creating or reinforcing prejudice
Section 5 Media Policy and the Political Process
What is the nature of the relationship between popular/public opinion and democracy?
Who creates and influences media policies and how and in whose interest?
Citizen or Consumer? The public sphere?
The Digital Present/Social Media and the Future
10 Hours lectures/seminars
Facebook and Twitter: in whose interests?
Smartphones, cyberspace and digital prvacy
The Online State and Security
The business imperative
Should the internet be regulated?
Patterns of media consumption and use. Snowden and Assange
4. Testi di riferimento. • Recommended or required reading and course materials
D’Arma A (2009) Broadcasting Policy in Italy’s ‘Second Republic’: national politics and European influences in Media, Culture & Society Vol 31 (5) pp 769-786
(Italy 2004 Media reform bill and PSB)
Bondanella P (2014) The Italian Cinema Book BFI/ Palgrave Macmillan
Hibberd M (2001) Public Service Broadcasting in Italy: Historical Trends and Future Prospects in Modern ItalyVolume 6, Issue 2, 2001 pp153-170
Hibberd M (2001) The Reform of Public Service Broadcasting in Italy in Media, Culture & Society Vol23 pp 233-252
• Barca F and Marzulli A (eds.),(2007) L’Industria della comunicazione in Italia Decimo Rapporto IEM. La domanda dei contenuti dei broadcasters generalisti, Turin: Guerini & Associates
• Buckingham, Ando & C ortoni (2013) Media Literacy per crescere nella culturala digitale Armando editore (Kindle)
• Cecaro R (2009) Industri Culturali Sassari EDES
• Ferrari C (2009 Dubbing the Simpsons: Or How Groundskeeper Willie Lost His Kilt in Sardinia Journal of Film & Video;Summer2009, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p19
• Hibberd M (2008) The Media In Italy Maidenhead OUP
• Hibberd M (2006) Il grande viaggio della BBC. Storia del servizio pubblico britannico degli anni Venti all'era digitale
• Ionta,M (2006) Regional Media & Identity in Sardinia Lulu.com
• Tonello, F. (2007), ‘The Italian Media Landscape’, in G. Terzis (ed.), European Media Governance. National and Regional Dimensions, Bristol, UK: Intellect, pp. 239–50.
• Mancini P (2009) The Berlusconi Case in Bondebjerg I (2009) Media, Democracy & European Culture Bristol Intellect
• Padovani, C. (2005), A Fatal Attraction, Public Television and Politics in Italy, Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield.
• Sorice M (2009) Sociologia dei mass media Roma Carocci
• Padovani, C. (2005) A Fatal Attraction: Public Television and Politics in Italy. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield.
• Padovani, C. (2007) Attrazione Fatale: Televisione pubblica e politica in Italia (Italian translation of A Fatal Attraction). Trieste, Italy: Asterios Editore.
• Articles in Professional Journals:
• Padovani, C. (In print) ‘Berlusconi’s Italy’: The Media Between Structure and Agency’, Modern Italy.
• Padovani, C. (2012) ‘Berlusconi on Berlusconi? An Analysis of digital terrestrial television coverage on commercial broadcast news in Italy’, Discourse & Communication, 6(4): 423-447.
• Padovani, C (2010). ‘Bajo la marca Berlusconi El pluralismo de la información televisiva en Italia,’ Infoamérica, Iberoamerican Communication Review, special issue, El futuro de la televisión pública 3(4): 173-188 [this article is an updated version in Spanish of the article ‘Pluralism of information in the television sector in Italy: History and contemporary conditions’ (2009)].
• Padovani, C. (2008) ‘The Extreme Right and Its Media in Italy’, The International Journal of Communication 2: 753-770.
• Padovani, C. (2007) ‘Digital Television in Italy: From Duopoly to Duality’, Javnost/The Public 14(1): 57-76.
• Padovani, C. (2003) ‘Redefining Public Service Broadcasting in Italy: RAI, 1990-2001’, Television and New Media 4(2): 141-153.
• Padovani, C. and Tracey, M. (2002) ‘I servizi pubblici radiotelevisivi’, Problemi dell’informazione 27(3): 359-378. (Italian translation of Padovani, C. and Tracey, M. 2003).
• Padovani, C. (1997) ‘Pessimism of the Intelligence, Optimism of the Will. The Historical Articulation of the Notion of Public Television in Italy’, The Asian Journal of Communication 7(2): 105-117.
• Padovani, C. and Calabrese, A. (1996) ‘Berlusconi, RAI and the Modernisation of Italian Feudalism’, Javnost/The Public 3(2): 109-120.
: History, Politics and Society, London, UK: Routledge.
Lectures and Seminars