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Spring 2021 Summ High School Prog: Media and Politics PS0104 section D01
The Media and Politics in the United Sta

Call Number 14204
Day & Time
U 10:00am-12:00pm
Points 0
Grading Mode Ungraded
Approvals Required None
Instructor Timothy Novak
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description This course explores a broad range of questions concerning the relationship between the media and politics, with a focus on historical and contemporary issues presented in the American context: Do the news media educate or manipulate the citizenry? What is the role of the press in a democracy and how does the First Amendment protect the press in the United States? What has the impact been of the new information technologies on the traditional media and on the political role of citizens? Against the backdrop of these questions, we critically assess the political significance of social media and the increasing “weaponization” of information. In particular, we examine the extent to which these new developments limit the ability of citizens to participate meaningfully in society and politics, while at the same time challenging longstanding assumptions about the role of journalism and political communication in America’s system of democratic government.

Students engage with course material through a combination of readings, lectures, daily discussions, films, and guest speakers from the worlds of journalism and politics. Participants also work in small teams to create a hypothetical media proposal for selected candidates running in the 2020 New York City Mayoral Race. This will involve doing research on target constituencies, developing a persuasive message, and designing an effective media plan that matches specific messages to appropriate audiences and platforms.

The central goal of this course is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the factors that characterize effective communication strategies, and to equip them with the tools necessary to be more intelligent, critical consumers of all forms of political communication.
Web Site Vergil
Department Summer High School Program
Enrollment 8 students (20 max) as of 9:12PM Monday, November 29, 2021
Subject Summ High School Prog: Media and Politics
Number PS0104
Section D01
Division Professional Studies & Special Pgrms: Summer High School Program
Campus Morningside
Section key 20211MEPO0104ND01

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