Telecommunications | Politics and the Media
T312 | 27007 | Bucy, E.

Politics & the Media is an introduction to the role of the mass
media in the political process, focusing on the sometimes
contentious relationships between media and political institutions.
The course is divided into three sections corresponding to the three
key players influencing political events in our media age: the
press, the public, and the political sphere. The first part of the
course examines the scope and contours of the political media
landscape, including the rise of new communication technologies in
politics and political entertainment. The second part of the course
focuses on how people are affected by media messages, how citizens
are politically socialized, and the role of media in civic
participation. The third part of the course traces the rise of
the “modern campaign” and analyzes the media's influence on
elections, political image-making, and governance styles. Although
our primary focus will be on the contemporary political scene, the
course will also examine recent transformations to the press in
America and how changes in the political process have provided an
increased role for the media over the past several decades.

During this course, students will critically analyze the
relationships between media institutions and political institutions;
develop a conceptual understanding of political persuasion,
participation, and communication; learn about the effects of media
coverage on the public and the political process; explore new
developments at the media-politics interface, including the
construction of news and politically oriented activities on the
World Wide Web; develop an understanding of modern campaign
practices and different models of political-press relations; and,
read, think about, criticize, and integrate major concepts to
questions of media and politics. The textbook for this course is
Media Politics by Shanto Iyengar and Jennifer McGrady (Norton,
2006). Additional required readings will be posted on the library’s
e-Reserve system. The prerequisite for this course is T205:
Introduction to Media & Society.

This course counts toward Social and Historical Studies distribution
requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. It may, or may
not, also count toward other degree requirements. For more
information about which requirements this course could fulfill see
the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin at If you have
questions, or need additional help, see your academic advisor.