45-213 (11) - POLI 45-213 Winter 2011 D EPARTMENT OF POLITI...

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POLI 45-213 Winter 2011 1 DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE PUBLIC OPINION, MASS MEDIA, AND CANADIAN DEMOCRACY 02-45-213 (01) WINTER 2011 Instructor: Dr. Lydia Miljan - Room 1155 CHN, ext 2361 lmiljan@uwindsor.ca Graduate Assistants: Please place Poli 45-213 in the subject line Office Hours: Monday Wednesday 1:30-4:00, or by appointment Class session: Monday and Wednesday 10:00-11:20, CHN G133 Website: For updates on the course, be sure to log on to the class CLEW website available from www.uwindsor.ca NOTE: Only email originating from a valid University of Windsor student account will be accepted from students wishin g to contact the instructor, or GA’s through email. PURPOSE OF THE COURSE AND LEARNING RESOURCES: The mass media have become a primary agent for public opinion formation. For most citizens it is the only way in which political information is acquired. Not only do the media give people information on centers of power on a daily basis, but they also act as agents of socialization. They tell us who is in power, what they are doing, and sometimes, even help us to make political decisions. It should be recalled that the media are not just the nightly news or the front page of the newspaper. It includes advertising, the Internet and radio. This course examines the way in which the media influence public opinion and the political process. Much of political science research into politics and the media focus in on elections. We will be supplementing the course readings with election research in Canada. In itself, public opinion is the basis for political discourse in the country and influences the way in which governments are selected as well as the direction and tenor or policy decisions. How governments use public opinion to advance their interests and to form it, will form another component of the course.
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POLI 45-213 Winter 2011 2 LEARNING OUTCOMES: On successful completion of the course, students are expected to: 1. Identify the role of mass communication in the political and public opinion formation process. 2. Have an understanding of the role of journalists in presenting messages to the public. 3. Recognize the ways in which politicians attempt to get their message out to the public. 4. Explain what the notion of objectivity is and how the media fulfill this goal. 5. Recognize how alternative media and new technologies have impacted the mass media system. 6. Apply the theories of mass communications to a research paper. 7. Conduct library research and create an annotated bibliography. 8. Plan and write a research paper. COURSE TEXT REQUIREMENTS: Lance Bennett. News: The Politics of Illusion . 8e Pearson, 2009. Note: The list price for this book is $82.90 from the Bookstore. You also have the option of purchasing the book and downloading it from the publisher’s website for $25.55. Go to http://www.coursesmart.com/020564984X for this option. RECOMMENDED:
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