Academic level and organisation of the study programme
The subject of the course is the complex and changing relationship between politics and the media. Do the media simply reflect politics at the national and international level – or change politics profoundly? How are power relationships and political identities affected, within as well as across and between states? How do the media function during periods of crisis, when states collapse or are in transition, during civil wars and interstate wars or terrorist attacks?
Addressing such topics, the course is divided into three main blocks:
Core theories and concepts of media and politics
Comparative Political Communication
War, terrorism and the Media
Emphasising developments during the post-cold war period, the effects of global communication networks based on internet and satellite technology are of particular interest.
Knowledge of recent developments in media and politics, as well as relevant theories and concepts from media- and political science.
Ability to develop and deliver efficient presentations on complex topics and to address challenging oral questions at short notice
Teaching and working methods
Group assignments, presentations and quizes
Lectures, seminars, screenings and tutoring
Assessment, examination and grading
Take part in a group assignment to produce and deliver a presentation for the seminar on a subject from the course contents.
Take part in a group assignment to present the answers for a quiz on the course contents during the seminars.
Take part in a mandatory preview of the presentation and the quiz one week ahead of the seminar. The quality of both the group and individual contribution has to be satisfactory.
Individual oral examination at the end of the course.
A 20 minute (Maximum) presentation based on an assignment given a week before. The presentation will be evaluated in terms of demonstration of academic knowledge, as well as ability of effective communication of a complex material. The student is responsible for the availability and compatibility of the presentation at the start of the examinations.
The final grading is decided after an examination with short questions covering the curriculum.
It is not allowed to bring personal PCs, notes or literature into the examination.