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Media and Politics



1. Understand the ways in which media and politics interact in democratic societies, from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.
2. Evaluate the quality of media reporting.

This course examines the interactions between mass media institutions and actors, on the one hand, and politicians, political institutions, and citizens, on the other, and we will be centrally concerned with scrutinizing the functions that the mass media must fulfill in order to support democratic functioning. What effects, for example, do the media have on citizens’ political knowledge? Are there certain types of information that the media simply do not provide to the public? Is the news biased toward certain political actors and their points of view? How are the internet and social media changing the media-politics landscape?

Method of Instruction

Lectures and class discussions.

Study Material

Wolfsfeld, Gadi. 2011. Making Sense of Media & Politics: Five Principles in Political Communication. New York: Routledge.


The final exam will consist of short answer and essay questions covering both the assigned reading and lectures.

Schriftelijk tentamen
maandag 26 maart 2012, 13.00-16.00 uur, USC
maandag 4 juni 2012, 13.00-16.00 uur, SA41

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maandag 6 februari t/m 19 maart, 13.00-15.00 uur, SA41
donderdag 9 februari t/m 22 maart, 13.00-15.00 uur, SA41