COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


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Course Name
Media & Politics I
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
MCS 270
Fall
3
2
4
7
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
-
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The course aims to introduce students to the main concepts of political science and the relationship between politics and communication.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to analyse how social, economic and political forces determine the role and effect of media in a given society.
  • will be able to apply diverse theoretical tools to the discussion of the interplay between media/communication and politics
  • will be able to provide essays related to the key issues of the politics, media and communication
  • will be able to provide essays related to the key issues of the politics, media and communication
  • will be able to apply diverse theoretical tools to the discussion of the interplay between media/communication and politics
  • will be able to analyse how social, economic and political forces determine the role and effect of media in a given society.
Course Content This course is designed to provide the students with an historical account of relations between media and political power. In addition to theoretical discussions on how the media is shaped by social, economic and political circumstances, the course also examines a number of cases, both from international and domestic, that best exemplify the interplay between media and politics.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction. Key Concepts of Politics and Communication
2 Genesis: Polity, Virtue and the Citizen Minogue, Politics, pp. 10-19
3 Modern State and Government Minogue, Politics, pp. 34-43
4 Modernity, Media and Politics Louw, pp. 37-59
5 Understanding Power 1 Clegg, Frameworks of Power
6 Communication, Media and Power McNair, pp. 43-66
7 Understanding Power 2 Clegg, Frameworks of Power O’Shaughnessy, pp. 155-184
8 Power and Legitimacy Storey, pp. 128-133; Laclau, ‘Power and Social Communication’ (handout) Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent
9 Mid-Term
10 Government and Institutions Girdner, pp. 189-195; pp. 247-251; 254-271
11 Media as an Institution of Power Girdner, pp. 157-182 Louw, 59-92
12 Social Structures and Political Dynamics Minogue, pp. 43-52
13 The Political Economy of the Mass Media McQuail, pp. 217-245 Chomsky, What Makes the Mainstream Media Mainstream? Berger, A. (1982) Media Analysis Techniques - chapter 2
14 Democracy and Democratisation McKinnon, pp.80-97
15 Communication, Media and Democracy Keane, Media and Democracy McNair, pp. 15-27
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Textbooks course handout - course reader- lectures’ presentations
References • Girdner, E. J. (1999), People and Power: An Introduction to Politics.\n• Louw, P. E., The Media and Political Process\n• McKinnon, C. (2008), Issues in Political Theory\n• McNair, B. (2007), An Introduction to Political Communication\n• McQuail, D. (2005), McQuail’s Mass Communication Theory\n• Minogue, K. (1995), Politics: A Very Short Introduction\n• O’Shaughnessy, M. (1999), Media and Society\n• Girdner, E. J. (1999), People and Power: An Introduction to Politics.\n• Louw, P. E., The Media and Political Process\n• McKinnon, C. (2008), Issues in Political Theory\n• McNair, B. (2007), An Introduction to Political Communication\n• McQuail, D. (2005), McQuail’s Mass Communication Theory\n• Minogue, K. (1995), Politics: A Very Short Introduction\n• O’Shaughnessy, M. (1999), Media and Society\n• Girdner, E. J. (1999), People and Power: An Introduction to Politics.\n• Louw, P. E., The Media and Political Process\n• McKinnon, C. (2008), Issues in Political Theory\n• McNair, B. (2007), An Introduction to Political Communication\n• McQuail, D. (2005), McQuail’s Mass Communication Theory\n• Minogue, K. (1995), Politics: A Very Short Introduction\n• O’Shaughnessy, M. (1999), Media and Society\n• Girdner, E. J. (1999), People and Power: An Introduction to Politics.\n• Louw, P. E., The Media and Political Process\n• McKinnon, C. (2008), Issues in Political Theory\n• McNair, B. (2007), An Introduction to Political Communication\n• McQuail, D. (2005), McQuail’s Mass Communication Theory\n• Minogue, K. (1995), Politics: A Very Short Introduction\n• O’Shaughnessy, M. (1999), Media and Society\n

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
1
40
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
4
60
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
5
80
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
12
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
25
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
25
Final / Oral Exam
1
25
    Total
191

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to critically discuss and interpret the theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of media and communication discipline. X
2 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programs required by the mediaproduction process.
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice. X
4 To be able to critically interpret theoretical debates concerning the relations between the forms, agents, and factors that play a role in the field of media and communication. X
5 To be able to critically discuss and draw on theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of other disciplines complementing the field of media and communication studies. X
6 To be informed about national, regional, and global issues and problems; to be able to generate problemsolving methods depending on the quality of evidence and research, and to acquire the ability to report those methods to the public. X
7 To be able to gather, scrutinize and use with scientific methods the necessary data to for the processes of production and distribution. X
8 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process towards personal and social goals. X
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of media and communication, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1) X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest