Syllabus Spring 08 - POLITICAL COMMUNICATION 426 Professor...

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POLITICAL COMMUNICATION 426 Professor Larissa Dorman Spring 2008 MW 2-3:15pm SH 260 Office: NH-123 Office Hours: MW 3:30-4:30pm or by appt. [email protected] COURSE OVERVIEW : The purpose of this course is to present current theories, debates and research within the area of political communication. The course will analyze the history of political communication, the media as a political institution, political campaigning and advertising, the media and elections, the relationship between the news media and political institutions, the effects of political communication on mass behavior, new media and entertainment news, and a comparative analysis of political communication in foreign political systems. This course will not be solely a lecture course, but rather will require a great deal of participation on a regular basis from students. I expect all students to come to class having read and studied the required readings and assignments, and prepared to use them in class discussion. Regular use of the internet is required in order to complete assignments and conduct research. Additionally, students will need to be aware of current events taking place, not only in the United States, but also around the world and the way in which these events are presented and portrayed in the media. It is required that students read a daily summary of news (online news sources like,,, etc are the easiest) AND a regular weekly source of political information (Time, Newsweek, The Nation, The Weekly Standard etc). CLASS RULES : Due to the nature of this course and the fact that students are graded on their class discussion, it is important that the classroom be a safe place for students to voice their opinion. This is an academic setting which requires that students respect each other and the opinions brought forth in class (even if they do not agree). Additionally, please remember that class discussion is not about competing with fellow students, but rather learning from each other! Class attendance and participation are mandatory and absences will severely affect your grade. Students with disabilities or those who need additional assistance are strongly encouraged to notify the professor at the beginning of the semester in order to accommodate your needs. Please note the following rules, which will be fairly but firmly enforced:
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLI SCI 426 taught by Professor Dorman during the Spring '08 term at San Diego State.

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Syllabus Spring 08 - POLITICAL COMMUNICATION 426 Professor...

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