Political Communication & Public Affairs

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Communication & Public Affairs

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended prerequisite

    4 credits of political science course work

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    An introduction to the field of political communication, which examines the mediatisation of politics and the power to mould public opinion and the policy agenda which parties, pressure groups and governments are able to wield by building persuasive campaigns employing contemporary communication technologies and platforms.
    Course Introduction
    POLS2113 merges the study of political communication and the ways in which interest groups seek to shape the policy agenda using both traditional news and social media. Its broad purpose is to develop an understanding of how the omnipresent media pervade contemporary politics. POLS2113 provides an introduction to political communication, a sub-discipline which has roots in both political science and in communication studies.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of political communication theory, processes and practices, particularly of those associated with lobbying
    • confidently discuss and debate the role of political communication in public affairs
    • research, analyse and organise information and ideas connecting lobbying and political communication
    Class Contact
    3 Seminar hours
    Assessment Summary
    Essay 1: 50%
    Essay 2: 50%

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