MEVIT4319 – Political communication: The Nordic context
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Is politics and political communication different in the Nordic countries? What is it, if anything, that sets this region of small, northern states out among other democracies? MEVIT4319 gives an introduction to the historical, political and structural characteristics of political communication in the Nordic region. Students are introduced to different definitions of political communication and comparative theoretical frameworks focusing on the Nordic political systems and the media systems, as well as the relation between these. The course presents and discusses theories of media systems that takes into account both the Nordic welfare state model and the increasingly hybrid media landscape and takes a closer look at what characterizes the strategies and means of the media sector in relation to the digitalization processes of our time. The course introduces new comparative studies of political actors, media institutions and media phenomena such as fake news and alternative media in the Nordic setting. A returning question is to what degree political communication in the Nordic countries have specific and distinctive characteristics.
The students will learn to:
- develop an understanding of the key characteristics of Nordic political communication, and how the region relates to the international landscape in terms of political history and media history.
- be able to critically discuss and analyse the characteristics of Nordic political communication in a hybrid media landscape and an international comparative context.
- learn to analyse and critically examine the idea of a Nordic Model that stands out in relation to international overarching trends.
Only MA-students enrolled in the Political Communication: the Nordic Context direction of the Media studies master's program can take this course.
Teaching takes place throughout the semester, organised as lectures, seminars, student presentations and group work, research presentations, and visits to political and media institutions.
The students must have the following two obligatory activities approved in order to qualify for the exam:
- At least 75% attendance to the seminars
- Qualification assignment
Three days take-home exam.
The exam paper should consist of 10 pages, +/- 10%. The front page, bibliography, any appendices and pictures (if any) will not be counted. Each page should be about 2300 characters without spaces.
The obligatory activity must be approved before the exam.
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