Media and Politics; Citizen Journalism

Vakbeschrijving Media and Politics; Citizen Journalism
Collegejaar: 2017-2018
Studiegidsnummer: 6440KMPCJ
  • R.K. Tromble
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5
Niveau: 300
Periode: Semester 1, Blok II
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Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of Political Science is recommended to take this course. This implies that students have followed at least 10 EC of courses on government and politics.


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?
We will apply theories of democratic deliberation, journalistic practices, political economy of the media, and political behavior to better understand these questions and more.

Course objectives

Objective 1: To develop a better understanding of the ways in which media and politics interact in democratic societies, from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.
Objective 2: To improve students’ ability to evaluate the quality of media reporting.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load: 140 hours

Assessment method

Written examination with short answer and essay questions


Students will receive important course information via Blackboard.

Reading list

Please see the full syllabus.


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Meetings once a week: Tuesdays 11:00-13:00 in block II, from 30/10/2019-19/12/2019