11 August 2017
Power, Media & Democracy
This course explores the relations between power, media and democracy. Students will learn to reconstruct different theories that are helpful to understand the relations between power, media and democracy. The course discusses central problems related to it, such as the tension between the ideal and the real, the emergence of the surveillance society, the power of media tycoons, the decline of the public sphere, the threats of media power, political representation, pluralism and toleration, the role of old and new media, freedom of speech, the constraints of public resistance and the impact of web 2.0.
• Explore the relations between power, media and democracy
• Learn to understand different theories that are helpful to reflect on practical issues, such as the so-called Snowden affair, Arab Spring, censorship, the link between media and populism, the digital divide, as well as the use of media by politicians like Erdogan, Putin and Trump.
EUR 800: Course