Media in Contemporary Politics and Society
- to get acquainted with the latest findings in the sphere of media-political relations and to learn to analyze empirical evidence in this sphere.
- To understand relation between politics, communication and media / ICTs in a comparative perspective
- to see how communication and its content are getting increasingly important
- to understand the structure of media industries and to gain critical distance towards them
- Comparative & global vision of communication and politicsMutual awareness in the globalized world and elements of comparative vision. Interconnectedness in the globalized world and elements of global vision. Global information and telecommunication, its main concepts, influence on politics and society. Information society, digitalization and “datification” of communication.
- Democracy performance and media controlComparing the democratic performance of semi-presidential regimes in the post-communist region. Effects of media control on political systems. Specific features of post-communist countries media-political configurations. Basics of media landscapes in Kazakhztan and Azrerbaijan.
- Comparing media systemsHallin and Mancini’s definition of media systems. Typology of media systems. Media system features beyond Europe and North America. Limitations of media system approach. Basics of media landscapes in the middle East. Media ownership and political control in Kyrgyzstan and Moldova. Media diversity. Media and Middle East regime changes: beyond Arab Spring. The role of Internet in regime change and political change.
- Media & ICT regulation worldwidePolicy cycle and its elements. Specific features of media and communication policies. Global character of communication and its influence on respective policies. Basics of international regulation in the sphere of media and communication.
- Creating a media policy designDeveloping a media policy proposal in small groups. Structure of policy proposal. Determining the sphere of regulation, the value to be defended and the problem to be solved. Specifying indices of success and instruments of its measurement. Specifying policy instruments and their cost-benefit analysis. Student presentations.
- Media and political participationForms of political participation. Contentious and non-contentious participation. Elections, social movements, protests and other forms. Media, internet, communication and their role in political participation. Information, mobilization, emotional support and other functions of media for political participation. Media and political participation (Reading class). Social movements, protest and conditions of their emergence. Media and internet as pre-conditions. Social media and social movements on the Post-Soviet space and beyond.
- Media and electionsElections in traditional media environment. Changes brought by the Internet, influence of internet on news production and dissemination. Dissemination bots, algorithms, changes in authorship, verification and trust. Scandals around US elections 2016 (Cambridge Analytica, leakages of e-mails and SNS personal data and issues of privacy). Media and elections (Reading class). Predicting elections with online data: cases, achievements and limitations. Good fit with big data. Problems with overfitting and volatility of trends.
- Experimental research on online censorshipTypes of online content filtering and respective regulations worldwide. The specific case of China. Chinese media system and Chinese internet surveillance system.
- Fake news, online deception and other harmful contentEcho chambers, filter bubbles, misinformation, disinformation, fraudulent and fake news. Dangerous information. Political hate speech and cyberbullying, its relation to offline political conflicts and violence. Hateful, divisive, uncivil and indecent content. Fake news, online deception and other harmful content (Reading class). Relation between bots and fake news. Bot and fake news detection: approaches, achievements and limitations.
- E-government, e-democracy and open governmental dataConcepts and elements of e-government and e-democracy. International indices of e-government, their structure, methodology, and limitations. E-government, e-democracy and open governmental data (team work). Developing a design for comparative research of e-government and related media topics in small groups. Structure and elements of research design. Specific features of comparative design. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to cross-country comparison. Student presentations.
- Post-Soviet media developmentDefinition of media, mass media and mass communication. Main stages of media development in Europe. Russian media history in the context of European media history. Soviet media: main features. Post-Soviet media transformation in Russia. Dissolution of the Soviet media and communication space. Post-Soviet media development (reading class). Media industry and media ownership trends in contemporary Russia. Traditional media re-nationalization and developing Internet control and regulation. Ukrainian conflict and its influence on the Russian media space. Basics of Ukrainian media landscape. Comparing coverage of the Ukrainian conflict in Russian and Ukrainian media.
- Designing an online experiment for political communication comparative researchDefining suitable research questions and comparable entities and features. Defining control and experimental groups and specifying exposure. Student presentations.
- Designing a web application & service for e-participationSpecifying a socially important goal. Structure and elements of app idea brief. Student presentations.
- Croucher, S. M., & Cronn-Mills, D. (2015). Understanding Communication Research Methods : A Theoretical and Practical Approach. New York, N.Y.: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=873087
- Baybars-Hawks, B. (2015). New Media Politics : Rethinking Activism and National Security in Cyberspace. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1077486
- Fackler, M., & Fortner, R. S. (2014). The Handbook of Media and Mass Communication Theory. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=716712
- Simon, J. (2015). The New Censorship : Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom. New York: Columbia University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=860441
- Zasurskiĭ, I. (2016). Media and Power in Post-Soviet Russia. [N.p.]: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1360892