93539 - Information and Political Analisys Laboratory (LM)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Information, Cultures and Media Organisation (cod. 5698)

Learning outcomes

The workshop aims to provide the methodological tools for analysing the way different ideological and cultural constellations are presented within modern and contemporary media production. master the methodologies for analysing public and political language and their historical significance know the editorial lines of the most important global information media; can analyse the historical-political meaning of information vocabulary; can apply the acquired knowledge to the media; can analyse and understand the ideological and political effect of information flow.

Course contents

The workshop analyses and explores the public and political discourse on climate change. In each appointment some fundamental concepts of ecological discourse will be critically reconstructed, focusing on topics such as a) the meaning of nature; b) the relationship between ecology and capitalism; c) what is meant by environmental policies; d) how environmental disasters and catastrophes are defined; e) what forms environmental activism takes; f) what is environmental racism; g) what is meant by ecological transition; h) what is the Green New Deal.

The workshop will have an eminently seminar-like character. Scientific materials, normative texts and newspaper articles will be used to understand the way in which the national and international press - both in news and commentary - describes and analyses the environmental issue in its social and political implications.


Teaching materials will be distributed during the workshop. Recommended reading:

P. Missiroli, Teoria critica dell'antropocene. Vivere dopo la terra, vivere nella terra, Milano, Mimesis, 2022.


Teaching methods

After two introductory lectures, the workshop includes seminar work and discussions on the different sources used.

Assessment methods

Students are expected to attend at least eight lectures, participating in the seminar activity and presenting a short paper on one of the texts or topics in the lecture room.

Teaching tools

Powerpoint. Other materials will be made available at virtual.unibo.it

Office hours

See the website of Maurizio Ricciardi


Clean water and sanitation Affordable and clean energy Reduced inequalities Climate Action

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.