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Mediatization of Politics


Admission requirements

Politieke Psychologie


It seems to be undisputed that politics is (increasingly) mediatized. Politicians only seem to react to the news of the day and, as a consequence, lose focus of their long-term policy goals. In this course we try to answer the question: Is all politics mediatized? By drawing on findings from recent studies in the field, we will investigate how and to what extent the media affect politics. Questions we will focus on are for example: What do we mean by ‘mediatization’? How do media influence election campaigns? Are opposition parties more influenced by the media than coalition parties? And how much influence do the media have on lawmaking? This course is for students interested in gaining insights and, more importantly, nuance their understanding of the relationship between politicians and the media.

Course objectives

Objective 1: Students have a clear understanding of the concept mediatization of politics and its causes and consequences.
Objective 2: Students can apply their knowledge to understand and evaluate current political events and broader developments.



Mode of instruction

Seminar format with active discussion of the readings, complemented with introductory presentations by the lecturer.

Course Load

The total course load for 10 EC is approximately 280 hour and is spent on attending classes (32 hours), the required readings (100 hours), short assignments (118 hours), and the final essay (30 hours).

Assessment method

Multiple short assignments, one longer essay, participation. Students may miss a maximum of one class.

Reading list

Journal articles and book chapters. Syllabus with reading list will be available on Blackboard.