90110 - Politics and Media in the Contemporary Age (1) (O-Z)

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  • Teacher Alessio Gagliardi

  • Credits 6

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Communication Sciences (cod. 8885)

  • Course Timetable from Jan 30, 2023 to Mar 10, 2023

SDGs

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

Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to study the interaction between politics and communication and it will analyze, with a comparative approach, the role of mass media in the consensus building process from the end of the 19th century to the present. At the end of the course, students are expected to: have a clear framework of the history of mass media and political communication from the end of 19th century to the present time; develop an in-depth knowledge of analytical tools to evaluate the influence of the media system on the consensus building process.

Course contents

The course will be devoted to the interaction between politics and communication within different historical environments, with regards in the role of mass media in the consensus building process and in the states propaganda. The course will analyse specific features that characterized the evolution of electoral campaigns during the 19th and 20th century (especially the Italian case) and the transformations that they produced on the mechanisms of political legitimacy.

Readings/Bibliography

- L. Gorman, D. Mclean, Media e società nel mondo contemporaneo, Il Mulino, Bologna 2011 or later editions (chapters 5, 6, 9)

- P. Allotti, La libertà di stampa. Dal XVI secolo a oggi, Il Mulino, Bologna 2020

- E. Novelli, Le campagne elettorali in Italia. Protagonisti, strumenti, teorie, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2018

Teaching methods

Lessons, backed by power point as well as movies and web resources.

Official language: Italian.

Assessment methods

L’esame consiste in una prova scritta. Gli studenti avranno a disposizione 60 minuti per rispondere a 2 domande aperte, inerenti ai temi trattati a lezione e nei libri di testo

Thorough in-depth knowledge of the topics covered in the course, together with analytical and critical skills and command of the specific language, will qualify for top marks (30-30L).

A good grasp of the topics covered in the course, together with good critical analysis and command of the specific language, will qualify for high marks (27-29).

A more mechanical and less articulate grasp, and/or correct use of language though not always appropriate, will qualify for a medium-range mark (23-26).

Weak analytical capacity and frequently inappropriate language – together with some knowledge of exam material – will receive a pass mark or little more (18-22).

Teaching tools

Powerpoint presentations uploaded in the educational web page “Materiali didattici”.

Office hours

See the website of Alessio Gagliardi