British Media


a) To obtain a diacronic perspective of the evolution of British media from late 17th century to the present day.
b) To identify the key-moments of change and rupture in the media evolution and structure, usually the consequence of technological, social, cultural and economic revolutions.
c) To acquire the skills to contextualize media phenomena and technological change undergone by British media in each moment of its evolution (namely in their respective historical, cultural, social, ideological and economic contexts).
d) To develop the capacity to read and analyse British newspaper articles or to watch and interpret short samples of TV shows and newscasts.
e)To develop the student’s competence to carry out bibliographical research, in order to produce and deliver a short research paper, as well as to elaborate a written essay in a presential test.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Paulo Ascenso Pereira da Silva


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Briggs, A. & Burke, P. (2002). A Social History of the Media, From Gutenberg to the Internet. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Curran, J. & and Seaton, J. (2002). Power Without Responsibility: The Press and Broadcasting in Britain. London and New York: Routledge.
McNair, B. (2006). Cultural Chaos: Journalism, news and power in a globalised world. London and New York: Routledge.
Seymour-Ure, C. (1991). The British Press and Broadcasting since 1945. Oxford, UK and Cambridge, Massachussetts: Blackwell.
Stokes, J. & Reading, A. (1989). The Media in Britain, Current debates and developments. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave.

Teaching method

Presentation of theoretical subject matter on subjects related to the course syllabus. Practical classes will be dedicated to the critical reading of theoretical texts, British newspaper or magazine articles, as well as to the presentation of (and debate on) research papers produced by the students (and previously prepared under tutorial supervision). 

Evaluation method

oral presentations of individual or collective research papers and spontaneous class participation(30%), One presential test (70%)

Subject matter

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