WiSe 18/19: Media and Populism in the EU and beyond
What are the reasons for the rising phenomenon of populism in today’s media environment? How can we define populism and its characteristics across many countries? Is populism to be rejected as a ... read more
What are the reasons for the rising phenomenon of populism in today’s media environment? How can we define populism and its characteristics across many countries? Is populism to be rejected as a negative phenomenon or does it have corrective potential in democracies? How can we understand the relationship between the media and the populist actors? Do media encourage populist manifestations? These questions are what we discuss and reflect upon through the semester.
Targeting MA students in the media studies this English-language course investigates how populism shapes the political communication. This course intends to engage the students in active debates. It applies the concept of populism on practical examples and enhances the self-reflective critical skills. Looking at case studies in Europe and beyond the European continent in the US, Arab countries, Latin America and Asia the course merges concepts from political theory, social studies and comparative media studies.
The students are required to read and prepare scholarly texts in English language on a weekly basis. To earn their credits students can either prepare a graded essay (Hausarbeit) or contribute by a presentation (Referat) as an active participation. Solid English language skills and an open curious mind are requirements for this course.