Communications and Media Competencies
- This course is designed to develop students’ knowledge of how media information is produced and consumed. The course will give an overview of various media phenomena that may influence our view of the world (e.g. agenda setting, misinformation, manipulative techniques, etc.) — and provide a better understanding of factors driving our trust in information. The ultimate goal of the course is to help students critically assess information in the digital environment and spot their own biases in media consumption. During this course students will learn not only to apply analytical and critical skills while consuming online media, but also to proactively use rhetoric and argumentation in a public discussion.
- Students will learn to assess and adjust personal media consumption habits;
- Students will learn to build strong arguments in public discussions;
- Students will learn to discriminate between the quality journalism and adverse media practices;
- Students will learn to distinguish what counts as argument and analyze the argumentation techniques used in the media;
- Students will learn to spot manipulative and misinforming content online;
- Students will learn to understand personal biases in media consumption;
- Students will learn to understand the process of media production and its influence on society.
- 1. Introduction to media literacy and the history of the discipline
- 2. Media production and media consumption
- 3. Quality news vs manipulative content
- 4. Biases in media production.
- 5. Biases in media consumption
- 6. Sources on information
- 7. Applying news literacy deconstruction basics
- 8. Digital citizenship
- 9. Media diet
- 10. Misleading headlines
- 11. Manipulative Language
- 12. Logic, facts and argumentation in media discourse
- 13. Fallacies in media discourse
- 14. Blogs and social networks
- 15. Communication principles in digital media environment
- Continual AssessmentStudents are expected to demonstrate their command of the main concepts of the course by completing a number graded assignments (pass/fail grade) weighing at 60% of the final grade. The assessment comprises: ● 6 quizzes (weighing at 5% each, 30% of the final grade total) taken during lectures ● 12 classroom assignments (weighing at 2.5% each, 30% of the final grade total)
- Examination (Final Project)For the final assignment students need to search for and analyze their own case related to one of the course topics. The projects are completed in teams of 3-5 students (exceptions can be made at special requests). Format: pre-recorded video followed by its presentation in class (8-10 min).
- 2022/2023 4th module0.6 * Continual Assessment + 0.4 * Examination (Final Project)
- Bruns, A. (2018). Gatewatching and news curation: Journalism, social media, and the public sphere. Australia, Australia/Oceania: Peter Lang. https://doi.org/10.3726/b13293
- Чиронова, И. И. Английский язык для журналистов (B1-B2). Mastering English for Journalism : учебник для вузов / И. И. Чиронова, Е. В. Кузьмина. — Москва : Издательство Юрайт, 2020. — 471 с. — (Высшее образование). — ISBN 978-5-534-10056-3. — Текст : электронный // Образовательная платформа Юрайт [сайт]. — URL: https://urait.ru/bcode/450219 (дата обращения: 28.08.2023).
- Lewandowsky, S., Ecker, U. K. H., & Cook, J. (2017). Beyond Misinformation:Understanding and Coping with the “Post-Truth” Era. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jarmac.2017.07.008