Media and Politics

General Information
Number of Hours: 
Tuesday 9:45 - 11:15
Preliminary requirements: 

No preliminary requirements. 

Course Description: 
  1. Main approaches in media – politics analysis.
  2. Political communication.
  3. Media and foreign policy.
  4. Global media and global communication.
  5. Impact of social media on politics
Aims of the course: 

Allows students to :

W 1. develop understanding of roles of media play in politics;

W2.  understand relations media – politics;

W3.  define basic terms in media and political communication.

Students gain skills in:

U 1. analyzing media performance from the perspective of political science and international relations as a field of it;

U 2. combining methods of international studies and media and communication to understand political communication.

The course prepares for:

K 1. impartial analysis of global media performance;

K2. implementing of rational approach in analyzing relations between media and politics. 

K3. Promotes interdisciplinarity as an important asset in student’s research work. 

Teaching methods: 

Discussion on readings during the class, searching for sources and their verification; basic training in content analysis, short presentations and essays. 

Evaluation & Completion: 

Active participation in discussions during classes, based on readings – 45 %; oral presentations and short essays – 65 %. 

Basic Literature: 

C. Christians, K. Nordenstreng, Communication Theories in a Multicultural World. Peter Lang, New York, 2014

N. Couldry, Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics after Neoliberalism. Sage, London 2010

F. Esser, B. Pfetsch, Comparing Political Communication. Theories, Cases and Challenges. Cambridge University Press, 2004

J. Fiske, Introduction to Communication Studies. Routledge, London, 1999

P. Gerbaudo, Twitts and the Streets. Social Media and Contemporary Activism. Pluto Press, London 2012

G. Murdock, J. Wasko (eds.), Media in the Age of Marketization. Hampton, Creskill, New York, 2007

T.L. McPhail (ed.), Global Communication. Theories, Stakeholders and Trends. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2010