Politics & Media
- The aim of this course is to give knowledge on the role of media in different types of political regimes
- 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.
- Introduction to Media&PoliticsGeneral 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 LiteracyFactual & 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 MediaPolitical 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 CensorshipCensorship. 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.
- PropagandaMachines 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 dynamicsTristan 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 RussiaQuestion 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 ProcessPolitical 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 FactsLiving 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.
- Class activitiesLecturers evaluate students’ progress and input to the seminar discussions, when the individual work is implied.
- QuizzesEach 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).
- Team WorkSeveral 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.
- EssayEach student is supposed to write an essay. The essay is to be submitted via LMS no later than 2 weeks before the final class.
- Final ExamThe 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 (2 module)0.2 * Class activities + 0.2 * Essay + 0.2 * Final Exam + 0.2 * Quizzes + 0.2 * Team Work
- 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
- 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