Political Communication

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Communication

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENG 202 (Writing from Theory) or permission of the instructor.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course provides a theoretical background of research in political communication, with a focus on the historical development of the research field, from classical rhetoric to online campaigning. The course is divided in six sections. The first section focuses on the theoretical background, history, structure, and diversity of political communication research. The second section considers studies about framing processes of political message, from classical rhetorical modes and propaganda to political advertising and debates. The third section concentrates on the relationship between politics and media. The fourth will illustrate issues about news media coverage, public opinion and the audiences. Section Five offers international perspectives on political communication, with the inclusion of European and Asian approaches. The final Part provides an account on the ever-developing relationship between new technologies, campaigning, and activism.

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