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Politics & Media

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
4
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
3 year, 1, 2 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

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
  • News and Media Literacy
  • Political Regime and The Media
  • Informational Autocrats Theory and Censorship
  • Propaganda
  • Political agenda and Politics: who is in charge?
  • Role of media in post-soviet political dynamics
  • Media and political institutions in post-soviet Russia
  • Media and Political Process
  • Post-Truth Era, Fake News and Alternative Facts
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 10 minutes (multiple choice, fill in the gaps, ordering and matching). At least one of the questions could be based on supplementary reading given by the lecturer.
  • 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 7 days after the first module break of the class (for class 2021/2022 - before 23.59 19 October 2021).
  • 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. Students could be exempted from the final examination.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.2 * Class activities + 0.2 * Essay + 0.2 * Final Exam + 0.2 * Quizzes + 0.2 * Team Work
Bibliography

Bibliography

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