POL42070 Politics of (mis-)information

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module explores the role of (mis-) information in European and European Union politics. We will examine how information is generated, processed, and acted upon by individuals, organisations, and institutions in the political sphere. We will assess how the availability of information about political choices can affect the way in which choices are framed, and how this information affects policy outcomes. Upon completion of the module, students will have gained a more complete and nuanced understanding of how information and its availability affects our daily lives.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Analyse the role of (mis-) information in shaping political decisions and outcomes in Europe
- Explain how the information environment has changed and evolved over time
- Apply different theoretical approaches to understanding the role of (mis-) information in politics
- Explain key concepts in information politics to others both verbally and in writing
- Discuss current and future challenges facing society from and evidence-based perspective, in light of the theories and evidence discussed in class.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Seminar discussions
- Project-based learning
- Peer-reviewed research project 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Peer-review assignments Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group project Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Presentation: In-class presentations Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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