Module title: Power, Information & Opinion

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC10122
Module leader: Alistair Duff
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

JAC 09113
Information, Communication & Society


Description of module content:

The centrality and contestedness of power and information in a democratic society; the complex and changing nature of power and super-power; the power elite in a post-industrial era; the rise of the information czar; the rhetoric and reality of media power; aspects of the sociology of information and knowledge; trends and issues in the quantity and distribution of political information; the growth of information and knowledge institutions, including transnational information corporations; information politics and the informational state; the secret state and its relationship with the press; new surveillance studies; the advance of commodification and intellectual property; rationality, discourse and processes of legitimation in information societies; the ethical and normative grounds of information policy; freedom and social justice in a networked world; the political public sphere, in various historical and cultural contexts; information management and manipulation; the ideal speech situation; the right to know; freedom of information as a tool of the press and people; the philosophy and institutionalisation of information rights; the social functions of the political columnist; political blogging and emergent forms of interactivity in civil society; the concept of a punditocracy; the concepts of technocracy and of a knowledge class; futurism and the forecasting of information-media horizons; national, regional and international information policies and summitry; the case for and against social engineering; power-plays and information warfare between persons, businesses, nations and geopolitical blocs; power, information and globalisation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically reflect on the theorisation of the power/information interface and associated issues.
LO2: Evaluate contemporary and impending developments in the world of information.
LO3: Apply knowledge-based reasoning to concrete problems facing workers in the information, media, culture and other industries.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - ALISTAIR DUFF (2012) A NORMATIVE THEORY OF THE INFORMATION SOCIETY: ROUTLEDGE, 1st ed.
Core - HEATHER BROOKE (2006) YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW: PLUTO PRESS, 2nd ed.
Core - SANDRA BRAMAN (2006) CHANGE OF STATE: INFORMATION: POLICY AND POWER: MIT PRESS
Core - JURGEN HABERMAS (2004) BETWEEN FACTS AND NORMS: POLITY PRESS
Core - BRIAN MCNAIR (2000) JOURNALISM AND DEMOCRACY: ROUTLEDGE
Core - WALTER LIPPMANN (1922) PUBLIC OPINION: ALLEN & UNWIN
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