POLS211 Politics and the Media

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
POLS211 Politics and the Media 3 0 6 TU: 15:00-15:50 TH: 12:00-13:50
Prerequisite It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Joseph Jon Kaminski Office Hours / Room / Phone
E-mail jkaminski@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
Course Objectives This course will introduce students to key political terms and concepts related to the media. It will ensure that students develop analytical skills in examining the media and will deepen their understanding of the relationship between media and politics. The course will also explore different forms of media and new technologies and it will familiarize students familiar with the role that 'new media' plays in global political processes.
Textbook Van Aelst, P,, and Walgrave, S. (Ed). (2017). How Political Actors Use the Media. New York, NY: Palgrave.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain and use key media and political terms and concepts.
  2. Recognize the role of the media in political processes.
  3. Use political knowledge in understanding the media and culture industries within the context of democracy.
  4. Recognize the relationship between politics and the media.
  5. Analyze contemporary scholarly trends at the intersection of politics and media
Teaching Methods This course employs a range of teaching and learning methods that include: lecturing, written assignments, presentations, group discussions and analysis.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Registration Period
Week 2 Introduction: What is Mass Media? Van Aelst & Walgrave (Ed.), Introduction (pp. 1-16)
Week 3 An Intervening Intermediary: Making Political Sense of Media Influence Van Aelst & Walgrave (Ed.), Chapter 2 (pp. 21-37)
Week 4 Celebrities as Political Actors and Entertainment as Political Media (Quiz 1) Van Aelst & Walgrave (Ed.), Chapter 3 (pp. 39-61)
Week 5 Political Public Relations and Mediatization: The Strategies of News Management Van Aelst & Walgrave (Ed.), Chapter 4 (pp. 62-83)
Week 6 Too Powerful or Just Doing Their Job? Explaining Differences in Conceptions of Media Power Van Aelst & Walgrave (Ed.), Chapter 5 (pp. 84-103)
Week 7 MIDTERM EXAM
Week 8 What Politicians Learn from the Mass Media and Why They React to It: Evidence from Elite Interviews Van Aelst & Walgrave (Ed.), Chapter 6 (pp. 104-126)
Week 9 The Media Independency of Political Elites Van Aelst & Walgrave (Ed.), Chapter 7 (pp. 127-146)
Week 10 When Politicians React to the Media Van Aelst & Walgrave (Ed.), Chapter 8 (pp. 147-166)
Week 11 Moving Beyond the Single Mediated Arena Model: Media Uses and Influences Across Three Arena’s (Quiz 2) Van Aelst & Walgrave (Ed.), Chapter 9 (pp. 167-186)
Week 12 The Charm of Salient Issues? Parties’ Strategic Behavior in Press Releases Van Aelst & Walgrave (Ed.), Chapter 10 (pp. 187-205)
Week 13 News Tone and the Government in the News: When and Why Do Government Actors Appear in the News? Van Aelst & Walgrave (Ed.), Chapter 11 (pp. 207-223)
Week 14 Group Projects Projects
Week 15 Group Projects and Final Exam Review Projects and Review
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 25 1,3,4,5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm Exam 1 25 1,2
Quiz 1 1 10 3,4
Quiz 2 1 10 5
Presentations 1 20 1,2,3,4,5
Attendance 1 10 1,2,3,4,5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Midterm Exam Study 11 1 11
Final Exam Study 24 1 24
Quizzes 10 2 20 Term Project/Presentation 10 2 20
Home Study 2 15 30
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 21/02/2020
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