Mar 31, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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POLS 4650 - Global Media Politics

This course studies mediated communication in global politics, including both the impact of mass media on the foreign policies of states and the more recent use of social media by state and non-state actors. Readings and discussions address the role of mediated communication in public opinion, political mobilization, citizenship, identity, global justice, and democratic deliberation. The course uses historical and contemporary case studies germane to the study of international politics, including major wars, revolutionary movements, breaches of state secrecy and cybersecurity, Internet freedom, and efforts to promote global political dialogue. Students consider both tendencies of mediated communication to sow enmity and conflict and opposing trends toward universal connectivity and transnational citizenship.

Requisites: 6 hours in POLS or (Jr or Sr)
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply concepts in the political analysis of mass media and mediated communication to contemporary and historical cases in international politics.
  • Compare and appraise competing perspectives on how to study mediated communication in the field of political science.
  • Define basic concepts in the political analysis of mass media and mediated communication.
  • Employ course readings to support an argument and document these sources using a consistent and formal method of citation and formatting.
  • Explain and discuss competing perspectives on what sorts of political impact mediated communication can have.

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