Alike many social practices, politics, media and news are affected by globalization. This course focuses on the changes of these essential domains of public communication and public interest under the influence of globalization: how do politicians communicate in globalized media cultures and how does globalization constrain journalism and media practices? Taking the perspective of language and communication sciences, the course will present the key concepts of political and media communication. It will consider a great variety of communicative cultures (USA, UK, EU countries) and formats: news conferences, interviews, broadcast news bulletins, talk shows, debates, in the contexts of global events and crisis: European elections (2014), terrorist attacks (2015-2016). Accordingly, the course will cover the following topics:
In this course, the students will acquire and improve knowledge and awareness of the practices of the media (especially the news media) and politics in current globalized media and political cultures. They will be able to identify typical communicative strategies and their aims: from poly-addressing of audiences to the staging of emotions and affects. They will be able to reflect on the discursive constructions of public and private spheres and therefore improve awareness of what public interest and civic concerns represent in globalized societies. In particular, the students will:
The method of instruction will be very interactive and practical. Sessions will be structured around the discussion of central concepts combined with the application of the techniques of interdisciplinary analysis which are presented. The students will have to consider the complexity of multimodal products (i.e. combining several modes: image, language, sound, visual) and multiple activities (i.e. produced by teams: news professionals in the newsroom, « spin doctors » in political environments) addressed to multiple audiences (i.e. poly-addressing) by multi-competent professionals (politicians, journalists). The data will be exclusively audio-visual (YouTube, broadcast).
The students’ grade will be composed by:
A mid-term grade will be communicated to the SHSS office based on class participation and exercises.
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