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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»

Politics & Media

2022/2023
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
4
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 3 модуль

Преподаватель


Малахова Полина Игоревна

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is focused on Political journalism and sheds light on the working process of contemporary media outlets including online media, 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 do political actors use? As the main example for political research, the Russian media sphere is taken, although the cases from Western media wil be provided as well.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be given basic knowledge on the principles of media structure and the daily processes during the work. They will be able to understand and critically discuss the role media play in democracies and non-democracies as well as analyze their actions in different situations under various obstacles. The students will improve their skill of Media literacy and responsible consumption of media, as well as the ability to write different pieces of text, including the news, analytical articles, and interviews .
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • is capable of working with information: finding, defining and using the information from different source
  • is able to analyze different media sources, understand their role in the political context
  • is capable of reckoning ethical dilemmas in media and media production
  • is aware of basic OSINT-instruments and can use them, if necessary
  • defines the basic theoretical approaches in the field of media
  • writes simple journalistic texts in different genres
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The specifics of political journalism: theory and practice
  • Practical sessions
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Written assignment
    The students are provided with the choice of the format of the final exam which consists of the written assignment. The theoretical option is to write an analytical essay: the students are required to focus on the particular political issue, choose one particular media outlet (a blog, a podcast, a web-page, doesn’t matter) and describe, how the chosen media treats the chosen issue by applying one of the theoretical approaches, studied during the course. The length of the essay is no less than 1500 words, bibliography not included. The structure of the essay should include: Introduction with the problem statement, theoretical part with the overview of the chosen theory and the explanation of how it can be applied to the case and a final part with the analysis and the concluding discussion. The second, practical option, is to create an analytical article or any other material (video, podcast, series of posts) relevant to the current social or political agenda. The topic should be chosen by 20.02 and discussed with the tutor in advance. The possible formats can include interviews, analytical articles, explainer cards or fact checking material – your ideas will be welcomed.
  • non-blocking Homework
    Group homework in the form of debates (13.02) The task is to discuss several controversial cases from the history of the Russian political mediafield through the prism of debates. There will be two cases, three groups of interests will be working on each case. The aim of each group (media managers, journalists, audience) is to convince the others in their own point of view on the problem and suggest the solution of the ethical dilemma. The cases will be announced a week before and the groups will be formed at the same time.
  • non-blocking Participation during the classes and attendance
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 3rd module
    0.3 * Participation during the classes and attendance + 0.3 * Homework + 0.4 * Written assignment
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Patrona, M., & Ekström, M. (2011). Talking Politics in Broadcast Media : Cross-cultural Perspectives on Political Interviewing, Journalism and Accountability. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=384765
  • Russ-Mohl, S., Wilczek, B., & Nienstedt, H.-W. (2013). Journalism and Media Convergence. Berlin: De Gruyter. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=604258
  • The Handbook of Media and Mass Communication Theory, edited by Robert S. Fortner, and P. Mark Fackler, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2014. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1650862.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Veglis, A., & Siapera, E. (2012). The Handbook of Global Online Journalism. Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=465413