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“Introduction to Politics, Policy, and the Media” COMN 2200 – F/W 2014-15 – Tutorials 3 & 5

Term 1: Fall 2014
***UPDATED (POST CUPE 3903 STRIKE): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 12-4p, TEL 2018***
(Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30pm, TEL 2018, or by appointment)

UPDATED – COMN2200 Winter Term (2015) Exam Study Guide

YorkU Resources:

Online Tutorials: Academic Integrity & Library Research Roadmap

Communication Studies Department Homepage

York University Library: Communications & Culture Resources

Learning Skills Services

Writing Centre

York University: Online Writing Instruction & University of Toronto: I’m writing my first university paper. What do I need to know?

ESL Open Learning Centre

Evaluating Internet Sources: CRAAP Test

York University: SPARK – Student Paper and Academic Research Kit

Note: (Additional) Suggested Readings are intended to provide further information on course concepts and may be helpful for your assignments.

 

Part 1: Contexts & Conceptual Backgrounds
Week 1 (Sept 9): Introduction and Course Overview
Required Readings: None
Note: Your discussion group will not meet this week.

 

Week 2 (Sept 16): Conceptualizing Communication and Its Functions
Required Readings:
Lasswell, H. (1948). “The structure and function of communication in society” in L. Bryson (Ed), The Communication of Ideas (pp. 37-51). NY: Harper & Row. **RES (On Reserve, the Scott Library)

 

Week 3 (Sept 23): Media and Public Life
Required Readings:
Chapter 3 of The Media and Political Process *** Course Textbook

Habermas, J (1974) “The public sphere: An encyclopedia article.” New German Critique 3:49-55. *** on Course Moodle

 

Week 4 (Sept 30): Framing & Agenda-setting Theories
Required Readings:
Parmelee, J. H. (2014) “The Agenda-building function of political tweets” New Media & Society, 16 (3): 434-450. *** on Course Moodle

Papacharissi, Z & Fatima Oliveira, M (2008) “News Frames Terrorism: A Comparative Analysis of Frames Employed in Terrorism Coverage in U.S. and U.K. Newspapers” The International Journal of Press/Politics 13(1): 52-72. *** on Course Moodle

 

Part 2: Political Economy of the Media, News Routines and Society
Week 5 (Oct.07): Typology of Media and Media Ownership
Required Readings:
Parlette, V.(2010) “Toronto Street News as a Counterpublic Sphere” in Kevin Howley (ed), Understanding Community Media (pp. 96-105). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage. **RES (On Reserve Desk at the Scott Library)

McKnight, D (2009) “The Sunday Times and Andrew Neil: The Cultivation of market Populism” Journalism Studies, 10(6): 754-69. *** on Course Moodle

 

Week 6 (Oct. 14): Business of News Production: Constraints and Influence
Required Readings:
Hackett, R. A & Uzelman, S. (2003) “Tracing Corporate Influences on Press Content: A summary of recent Newswatch Canada Research” Journalism Studies, 4(3): 331-346. *** on Course Moodle

Lieberman, T. (2007). “Epidemic: Phony Medical news is On the Rise, thanks to dozens of unhealthy deals between TV newsrooms and hospitals.” Columbia Journalism Review March/April: 38-43 *** on Course Moodle

 

 

Week 7 (Oct. 21): Media Bias and Public Affairs: Mediating Diversity
Required Readings:
Barber, M & Rauhala, A (2005) “The Canadian News Directors Study: Demographics and Political Leanings of Television Decision Makers” Canadian Journal of Communication, 30(2): 281-292. *** on Course Moodle

Ross, K (2007) “The Journalist, The Housewife, The Citizen and the Press.” Journalism 8 (4): 449-473. *** on Course Moodle

Findlay, S. & Kohler, N. (Nov 22, 2010). “Too Asian…” Maclean’s Magazine. 123 (45): online version. Available: http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/too-asian/ *** on Course Moodle

 

Week 8 (Oct. 28): Censorship and News Propaganda (Case Study: Military Information Management and Media Coverage of Conflicts/Wars)
Required Readings:
Chapter 8 of The Media and Political Process *** Course Textbook

Bergen, R (2012) “Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Canadian Forces News Media Relations and Operational Security” in David Taras & Christopher Waddell (Eds) How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics. Available: http://www.aupress.ca/books/120205/ebook/10_Taras_Waddell_2012- How_Canadians_Communicate_IV.pdf *** on Course Moodle

 

Week 9 (Nov. 4): Tabloid Journalism, Sensationalism & Their Yellow Journalism Roots
Required Readings:
Coward, R (2007) “What the Butler Started: Relations between British Tabloids and the Monarchy in the fall out from the Paul Burrell Trial” Journalism Practice 1(2): 245-260 *** on Course Moodle

Brin, C. and Drolet, G. (2008) “Tabloid Nouveau Genre : Change and news content in Quebec City’s Le Soleil” Journalism Practice, 2(3): 386-401 *** on Course Moodle

 

Week 10 (Nov. 11): Fall Mid-Term Exam

 

Week 11 (Nov. 18): Rethinking Journalism Training and Practice
Required Readings:
Gasher, M (2005). “It’s Time to Redefine Journalism Education in Canada” Canadian Journal of Communication, 30(4): 665-672. *** on Course Moodle

Sauvageau, F (2012). “The uncertain future of the News” in David Taras & Christopher Waddell (Eds) How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics. Available: http://www.aupress.ca/books/120205/ebook/01_Taras_Waddell_2012- How_Canadians_Communicate_IV.pdf *** on Course Moodle

 

Week 12 (Nov. 25): Library Research Resources for the “Major News” Assignment Guest Speaker: Ms. Maura Matesic, Subject Librarian for Communication Studies & Policy

 

WINTER Semester – 2015

Part 3: Media, Communication & Election Campaigns
Week 1 (Jan 06): Political Socialization and Knowledge
Required Readings:
Sapiro, V (2004) “Not Your Parents’ Political Socialization: Introduction for a New Generation.” Annual Review of Political Science 7: 1-23 *** on Course Moodle

Sokhey, A. E. & . Djupe, P. (2011). “Interpersonal Networks and Democratic Politics.” PS: Political Science & Politics 44 (01): 55-59. *** on Course Moodle

 

Week 2 (Jan 13): Political Marketing
Required Readings:
Pare, D. & Berger, F (2008) “Political Marketing Canadian Style? The Conservative Party and the 2006 Federal Election” Canadian Journal of Communication, 33 (1): 39-63. *** on Course Moodle

Jackson, N.A & Lilleker, D.G.(2007) “Seeking Unmediated Political Information in a Mediated Environment: The Uses and Gratification of Political Parties’ e-newsletters” Information, Communication & Society, 10(2): 242-264. *** on Course Moodle

 

Week 3 (Jan 20): Image Politics, Staged Media Events & “Celebritization” of Politicians
Required Readings:
Chapters 5 and 6 of The Media and Political Process *** Course Textbook

 

Week 4 (Jan 27): Political Campaigns, TV Advertising and the “Bull” Market
Required Readings:
Ridout, T., Franz, M., Goldstein, K, & Feltus, W (2012) “Separation by Television Program: Understanding the Targeting of Political Advertising in Presidential Elections.” Political Communication 29(1): 1-23. *** on Course Moodle

Rose, J (2012) “Are Negative Ads Positive? Political Advertising and the Permanent Campaign” in David Taras & Christopher Waddell (Eds) How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics. Available: http://www.aupress.ca/books/120205/ebook/07_Taras_Waddell_2012- How_Canadians_Communicate_IV.pdf *** on Course Moodle

 

 

Week 5 (Feb 3): Internet, Mobile Phone and Political Communication
Required Readings:
Tamara, S. (2012) “E-ttack Politics: Negativity, the Internet, and Canadian Political Parties” in David Taras & Christopher Waddell (Eds) How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics. Available: http://www.aupress.ca/books/120205/ebook/08_Taras_Waddell_2012- How_Canadians_Communicate_IV.pdf *** on Course Moodle

Davis, R.(2012) “Blogs and Politics” in David Taras & Christopher Waddell (Eds) How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics. Available: http://www.aupress.ca/books/120205/ebook/03_Taras_Waddell_2012- How_Canadians_Communicate_IV.pdf *** on Course Moodle

 

Week 6 (Feb 10): Media and Election News Coverage
Required Readings:
Chapter 4 of The Media and Political Process *** Course Textbook

Trimble, L. & Sampert, S. (2004) ‘Who’s in the Game? The Framing of the Canadian Election 2000 by the Globe and Mail and the National Post” Canadian Journal of Political Science 37 (1): 51-71. *** on Course Moodle

 

Week 7 (Feb 17): Reading Week

 

Week 8 (Feb 24): Government Communication and Nation Branding
Required Readings:
Aronczyk, M (2007) “’Living the Brand’: Nationality, Globality, and the Identity Strategies of Nation Branding Consultants,” International Journal of Communication, 2007. Available at: ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc/article/view/218/118 *** on Course Moodle

Wagman, I (2002) “Wheat, Barley, Hops, Citizenship: Molson’s ‘I am [Canadian] Campaign and the Defense of Canadian National Identity Through Advertising,” Velvet Light Trap 50 (Fall): 77-89 *** on Course Moodle

 

Part 4: Media, Technologies and International Politics
Week 9 (Mar.3): CNN Effects and International Public Diplomacy
Required Readings:

Chapter 10 of The Media and Political Process *** Course Textbook

Jakobsen, P. V (1996) “National Interest, Humanitarianism or CNN: What Triggers UN Peace Enforcement after the Cold War? Journal of Peace Research, 33(2): 205-215 *** on Course Moodle.

 

Week 10 ( Apr 6 Mar 10): Diaspora, the Deterritorialization of “National Publics” & Political Activism
Required Readings:
Skjerdal, T (2011) “Journalists or activists? Self-identity in the Ethiopian diaspora online community” Journalism, 12(6): 727-744. *** on Course Moodle

Bernal, V (2005) “Eritrea On-Line: Diaspora, Cyberspace and the Public Sphere” American Ethnologist, 32(4): 660-675. *** on Course Moodle

 

Part 5: Policy Frameworks, Policy Interventions and Participation
Week 11 (Apr 13 Mar 17): Understanding Public Policies and Regulation: the Basics
Required Readings:
Napoli, P.M. & Karaganis, J. (2010). On making public policy with publicly available data: The case of U.S. communications policymaking. Government Information Quarterly, 27(4): 384-391.

Raboy, M (1995) “Influencing public policy on Canadian broadcasting” Canadian Public Administration, 38(3): 411-432. Available: http://media.mcgill.ca/files/1995_CPA_Influencing.pdf

 

Week 12 (Apr 20 Mar 24): Geopolitics of International Agreements & Compliance
Required Readings:
Armstrong, R (2010) “Chapter 14: Broadcasting and International Trade Agreements” in Broadcasting Policy in Canada (pp. 223-231). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. **RES (Reserve Desk at Scott Library)

Acheson, K & Maule, C. (2000) “Rethinking Canadian Magazine Policy” International Communication Gazette, 62 (3-4): 205-229. *** on Course Moodle

 

Week 13 (Mar 31): Wrap Up

 

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