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Political Communication

Political Science
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The aim of this course is to present you with the main concepts and theoretical approaches in the field of political communication. It also relates this subject with the democratization process of several countries and the interaction between the media, politics and the public. Lastly, it focuses specifically on the political communication of the governamental, partisan and municipal arenas.

Course Content

1. Historical evolution of political communication

2. Main concepts

  a) Audiences and Crowds

  b) Public space

  c) Public opinion

  d) Public relations

  e) Social influence

3. Political communication and democratization

4. Structure and elements

5. The role of the media and the press

6. Governmental, partisan and municipal arenas

  a) Governmental sphere

  b) Partisan sphere

  c) Municipal sphere


(LEA's communication series) Lynda Lee Kaid - Handbook of Political Communication Research - Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2004)

(Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication) Angela Crack - Global Communication and Transnational Public Spheres - Palgrave Macmillan (2008)

Frank Esser, Barbara Pfetsch - Comparing Political Communication_ Theories, Cases, and Challenges (Communication, Society and Politics) (2004)

María José Canel, Katrin Voltmer (eds.) - Comparing Political Communication across Time and Space_ New Studies in an Emerging Field - Palgrave Macmillan UK (2014)

Pippa Norris - A Virtuous Circle_ Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies (Communication, Society and Politics) (2000)