The course is available to all students in various study programmes at the University of Helsinki.
Students are given priority to participate in the course in the following order:
1. students in MSV with the orientation Political Science and Journalism/Communication
2. students taking the thematic module Foreign reporting (Journalism/Communication)
3. other students in MSV including exchange students
4. students in POLVI and GPC with the orientation Political Science and Communication
5. other students at the University of Helsinki including exchange students
Political Opinion (KSV)
Governing Online Communication (MSV)
Moral and Political Psychology (MSV)
New Forms of Mediated Participation (GPC)
Media, Activism and Social Change (GPC)
Populismi ja politiikka (POLVI)
The students should at completion of the course be able to:
- define the key dimensions of communicating politics and the balance of power between media and political actors
- identify different types of interaction between politicians and citizens within various modes of political communication
- compare the development of political communication and explain its dynamics and change from old to new media contexts
- assess the impact of e.g. election campaigns, agenda setting, issue framing, and other features of communicating politics
- critically reflect on different research approaches applied in the analysis of political communication
Recommended timing of the course: In the middle of the studies.
The course is offered: Fall, period II. The course may not be available every year.
Participants are expected to attend lectures, write lecture diaries and an essay, give a presentation on individually selected literature, and comment each other’s presentations in class and online.
Individually selected literature:
1. Kenski, Kate & Hall Jamieson, Kathleen (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication, Oxford University Press 2017. eBook: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199793471.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199793471
2. Selected articles
The course is graded on a scale from 0 to 5. Further grading criteria are supplied at the course introduction.
Course participants are examined by means of lecture diaries, essays/presentations, and online discussion on the basis of selected literature and course material.
University lecturer in Political Science