Politics and the Media
King's College London
Area of Study
Government, International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies, Political Science, Public Policy Studies
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4.5 - 6
Hours & Credits
Political communication, propaganda and influence in the era of fake news. The term ‘propaganda’ is increasingly prevalent in today’s political debates and discourse, alongside other terms such as ‘fake news’ and ‘disinformation’. But what is the history of these concepts? How were they developed and deployed, and to what purpose? And how has the modern media environment, particularly the use of social media, given them a new relevance? This module explores the evolution of political communication, in particular the phenomenon of propaganda. Students will explore the theory and practice of propaganda and strategic communication, and case studies from the Second World War to current political debate. They will also engage with the challenges our current information environment poses for politics, society, and security.
Learning outcomes and objectives
Upon completion of the course students should:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key theories of political communication and propaganda
- Have acquired the ability to critically engage with and evaluate case studies of communication and propaganda.
- Demonstrate an ability to engage critically with the scholarly debates over the nature, role, and impact of various political campaigns.
- Developed their analytical and critical skills that are transferable to broader political and security related courses.
- Have developed more confidence and competence in their academic writing and presentation skills, and will have gained team-working and cooperation skill from completing group-based tasks.
- Seminar discussions
- Group based tasks
Students will submit:
- 1 x 1500 word essay. Individual. 60%.
- 1 x presentation, 5 minute recorded power point concerning a political communication case study. Group task (2/3 per group), accompanied by a submission of a 500 word summary of the presentation. 30 %.
- 1 x 500 word ‘blog post’ type submission, commenting on a case study. 10%.
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