Politics, Media and Public Sphere

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for POLITICS 233.


Critics voice disquiet about the future of journalism and political deliberation, and the lack of a unified public space where citizens can engage seriously with matters of collective concern. The course surveys the changing public sphere over time, from its early-modern emergence to the challenges of tabloid news and online fragmentation in contemporary media culture.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for POLITICS 233.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022




Coursework + exam


POLITICS 233: 15 points


30 points at Stage I in Politics and International Relations, or 30 points from COMMS 100, FTVMS 100, 101, MEDIA 101, or 30 points at Stage I in Communication