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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»

Politics & Media

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 1, 2 модуль


Нечай Валерий Владимирович

Course Syllabus


The course is focused on Journalism itself and Political journalism in particular; and sheds light on the working process of contemporary media outlets: traditional and online newspapers, radio and TV, blogs, Youtube channels, etc. Students of this course will be given knowledge on the role of media in different types of political regimes: are free media important to authoritarian leaders? What kind of manipulative strategies political actors use? As the main example for political research, Russian media sphere is taken.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of this course is to give knowledge on the role of media in different types of political regimes
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
  • Able to efficiently communicate based on the goals and communication situations
  • Student is capable of taking part in information dissemination through various media and information channels (both mass and individual), as well as in information campaigns.
  • Student is capable of reporting the results of the information retrieval and analysis, academic or applied research she/he has conducted: - in various genres (including reviews, policy papers, reports and publications pertaining to socio-political subject matter); - and depending on the target audience.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to Media&Politics
    General introduction to the course. Definition of the concepts of: Media, Politics and Journalism. Media as political institution. Media Systems. Binary Oppositions. Short History of Journalism. Difference between Factual and Opinion Journalism.
  • News and Media Literacy
    Factual & Opinion Journalism. News: What is the news and what is not? Tabloids and Broadsheet media. Headlines and news breakes. Media Literacy.
  • Political Regime and The Media
    Political regimes and the roles the Media play. Media and Elites. Media in Democracies: Threats and Roles. Media in Autocracies: Window dressing, Feedback, agenda controlling tool.
  • Informational Autocrats Theory and Censorship
    Censorship. History and Theory. Censorship in the Soviet Union. Definition of Censorship. Theory of Censorship. Censor's Dilemma. Informational Autocrats. Discussion. Spoiling journalists. Journalists at war.
  • Propaganda
    Machines of Propaganda. From Watergate through Vietnam War to China and Russia (Beslan, etc.). How the Machine of Propaganda works? Propaganda Theories. Labelling. ‘1984’ by George Orwell. First World War Propaganda Examples. Walter Lippman and Harold Lasswell theories. Totalitarian regimes and propaganda: Nazi Germany and Japan. Paul Lazarsfeld and his Propaganda Theory. Edward Bernays works.
  • Political agenda and Politics: who is in charge?
    Political agenda. Media effects: Framing and Priming in the news. Gatekeeping. Censorship vs Self Censorship. Media and Political Agenda as two theories.
  • Role of media in post-soviet political dynamics
    Tristan Mattelart’s concept of “Troyan horse” and influence of foreign imported content to soviet audiences. “Parallel public sphere” and parallel flows of culture and their role in political protests and social activism. Concept of “informational” collapse of Soviet Union like system organically non-compatible with “informational” revolution by Manuel Castells.
  • Media and political institutions in post-soviet Russia
    Question of continuity in ties between media, oligarchic capital and administrative power. Main periods: glasnost (glasnost from above and from below), golden age, mass-media feudalization, oligarchic wars, submission of groups to federal power, redistribution of media capital among another oligarchic groups.
  • Media and Political Process
    Political communication. Principles of working with the media during election campaigns. The political role of media in the age of global communications. Collective vs. Connective action. Elections. Political Rallies. Political protest and Revolutions. Media Controversies.
  • Post-Truth Era, Fake News and Alternative Facts
    Living in the age of Post-Truth: Alternative Facts and Reality (-ies?). Trolls Factories and Deepfakes. Subversion and Disinformation, Digital media practices, etc. Social media and state power: Wikileaks and Snowden. Social Media and the politics of ‘truth’: Bellingcat and the Skripals. Social media platforms and differences between them.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class activities
    Lecturers evaluate students’ progress and input to the seminar discussions, when the individual work is implied.
  • non-blocking Quizzes
    Each of the seminar students are to do a small quiz related to the pervious topic, aiming at assessing the comprehension of the topic. Quizzes contain no more than 5 questions to be answered within 7 minutes (multiple choice, fill in the gaps, ordering and matching).
  • non-blocking Team Work
    Several seminars are designed to test students’ abilities to work in small groups: either a homework project with a presentation in class, or task solving in mini-groups at a seminar.
  • non-blocking Essay
    Each student is supposed to write an essay. The essay is to be submitted via LMS no later than 2 weeks before the final class.
  • blocking Final Exam
    The final exam is organized during the session period and is conducted in a test form, including open questions. Examination is carried out in written form and last for 2 academic hours. Students are informed about the final list of questions well in advance. The answer should consist of one question from the Theory part and one from the Practical part. You can choose the questions by yourself.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Class activities + 0.2 * Essay + 0.2 * Final Exam + 0.2 * Quizzes + 0.2 * Team Work


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Anand, V. E., & Jayanthi, K. (2018). A Handbook of Journalism : Media in the Information Age. New Delhi, India: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1739149

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Branston, G., & Stafford, R. (2010). The Media Student’s Book (Vol. 5th ed). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=324329
  • Kaid, L. L., & Strömbäck, J. (2009). The Handbook of Election News Coverage Around the World. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=289754