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This unit engages with contemporary developments in organisations' communication practice to explore links with citizenship, responsibility and accountability. It assesses diverse approaches to public communication from state, business and civil society including activism outlining core elements of ethical community consultation and corporate citizenship. In particular it examines how traditional and 'new' media 'frame' society and construct 'knowledge' about it.
The unit sets key case studies in the context of some major theories of citizenship and communication, including 'the risk society' (Beck), 'the network society' (Castells) and 'the public sphere' (Habermas). The unit's assessment encourages students to use the case studies and their theoretical foundations to both broaden and deepen their understandings of social, cultural and political change, and to examine how those changes contribute to how we understand truth, citizenship, empowerment and democracy.
Online role play and essay (participation and 2000 words) 40%, Research task 3000 words 60%