Political Communication Seminar

Teaching Staff: Katsios Stavros
Course Code: SM-9503
Gram-Web Code: ΓΠ0815
Course Category: Skills Development
Course Type: Seminar
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Semester: Any Spring
Total Hours: 2
Erasmus: Not Available
E Class Page: https://opencourses.ionio.gr/courses/DFLTI206/
Short Description:

Political Communication concerns each of us and all of us. The diffusion of political discourse and images in the public sphere informs, but also influences, by exercising persuasion and direct or indirect influence, with the aim of shaping or changing opinions, preferences, choices and attitudes. In terms of the types of speech and its contents, Political Communication includes the personal political speech but also the public dialogue between all citizens, as well as between them and the political representatives.

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

The course learning outcomes, specific knowledge, skills and competences of an appropriate level, which the students will acquire with the successful completion of the course, are described.

Consult Appendix A

  • Description of the level of learning outcomes for each qualifications cycle, according to the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area

  • Descriptors for Levels 6, 7 & 8 of the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning and Appendix B

  • Guidelines for writing Learning Outcomes


In the first didactic part is covered with a lecture-presentation, while in the second seminar part there is a free public discussion of the topics presented in the lectures, as well as projects presented by the students. The aim is to exercise the'freedom and equal right of speech' of the students. From the sixth class onwards, students present their project in public, always related to the subject of political communication, which they have examined, dealt with and developed. The discussion also focuses on current and controversial issues of current political awareness in political life.

Suggested Bibliography:

Zuboff Shoshanna, (2019), The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, New York, Public Affairs Books

  • -  Ndlela N. Martin, (2019), ‘Crisis Communication: A Stakeholder Approach’, New York, Palgrave MacMillan

  • -  Kaitatzi-Whitlock, Sophia, (2014), ‘Changing Media Ontology and the Polity’, First chapter in ‘NouvaeuxEcrans, Nouvelles Regulation?’ M.Hanot P.F. Docquir (eds), Bruxelles, L’Arcier

  • -  Kaitatzi-Whitlock, Sophia, (2014), ‘Greece, the Eurozone Crisis and the Media: The Solution is the Problem’, Javnost – THE PUBLIC.

  • -  John Lloyd, (2004), ‘What the Media Are Doing to Our Politics’, London, Constable & Robinson

  • -  Hobsbawm Julia, (2006), ‘Where the Truth Lies: Trust and Morality in PR and Journalism’, London Atlantic Books

  • -  Chadwick Andrew, (2006),Internet Politics States, Citizens an New Communication Technologies, Oxford, Oxford University Press

  • -  Mazower Mark, (1999), Dark Continent – Europe’s Twentieth Century, London: Penguin.

  • -  Meyer, T. et al, (2002), Media Democracy, London: Polity Press.

  • -  Bollinger, Lee, (1991), ‘Images of a Free Press’, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago

  • -  Boorstin, Daniel, (1961/1992), ‘The Image: a Guide to Pseudo-events in America’, New York, Vintage

  • -  Dixit, Avinash K. and Barry J. Nalebuff, (1991), ‘Thinking Strategically – The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics and Everyday Life’, Norton & Co. New York

  • -  McLennan Gregor, David Held & Stuart Hall, (1987), The Idea of the Modern State, (Eds), Open University Press, Milton Keynes

  • -  Philo Greg, (1990), Seeing and Believing: The Influence of Television, Routledge, London, NY

  • -  Edelman Murray, (1999), ‘Η Κατασκευή του Πολιτικού Θεάματος’, Αθήνα, Παπαζήσης

  • -  Galtung Johan, (1989),’Europe in the Making’, Taylor & Francis London

  • -  Garnham, Νicholas, (1991), ‘Çapitalism and Communication’, London, Sage

  • -  Giddens Anthony, (2001), ‘Οι Συνέπειες της Νεωτερικότητας’, Αθήνα, Κριτική

  • -  Habermas, Juergen, (1989), ‘The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere’, Cambridge Polity Press

  • -  Held David, (1992), Models of Democracy, Routledge, London

  • -  Kaul Inge et al. (eds), (1999), Global Public Goods, Oxford University Press, Oxford

  • -  Keane, John (1991), ‘Democracy and Civil Society’, Polity Press, London

  • -  Lichtenberg, Judith (1990), ‘Democracy and the Mass Media’, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

  • -  Livingston Ken, (1987), ‘If Voting Changed anything they’d Abolish it’, Fontana/Collins, Glasgow

  • -  Lukes, Steven, (1974), ‘Power: A Radical View, Macmillan, London

  • -  Arrendt Hanna, (1958), ‘The Human Condition’, University of Chicago Press, Chicago

  • -  Champagne Patrick, (2004), ‘Η Κατασκευή της Κοινής Γνώμης: το νέο Πολιτικό Παιχνίδι’, Αθήνα, Πατάκης

  • -  Negrine Ralph, (1996), ‘The Communication of Politics’, Sage, London

  • -  Nieminen Hannu, (2000), ‘Hegemony and the Public Sphere’ Turku, University of Turku

  • -  Ralston Saul John, (2001), ‘Πολιτισμός Χωρίς Συνείδηση’, Αθήνα, Ροές

  • -  Weber Max (1946), ‘Politics as a Vocation’, in ‘From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology’, Oxford University Press, Oxford

  • -  Kaitatzi-Whitlock, Sophia, (1996), Pluralism and Media Concentration in the EU: Media Policy as Industrial Policy, EJC, vol 9, 453-483, Sage, London.

  • -  Habermas Jurgen, (2010), Europe: the Faultering Project, Cambidge, Polity Press 

  • -  Hennete Stephanie, Thomas Piketti, GuilliaumeSacriste, Antoine Vauchez, (2017), Για μια Συνθήκη Εκδημοκρατισμού της Ευρώπης, μτφρ. Δημήτρης Αντωνίου, Αθήνα Εκδόσεις Πόλις

[Pour un Traite de Democratisation de L’ Europe, Editions de Seuil, Paris].

  • Kaitatzi – Whitlock Sophia, (2011),‘The Political Economy of Political Ignorance’, chapter 21 in Janet et al.

  • Kaitatzi-Whitlock Sophia, (01-04-2008), Web 2.0 Interactive: The Rise of Popular Agency and its Impact’, [προσιτό ηλεκτρονικά στο δικτυακό τόπο του London School of Economics’ (κλικ Kaitatzi-Whitlock LSE)].

  • -  Φραγκονικολόπουλος, Χ. Α. (2007).Ο παγκόσμιος ρόλος των Μη Κυβερνητικών

  • Οργανώσεων. Αθήνα: Σιδέρης.

    • -  Scholte, A. J. (2004). Democratizing the global economy: The role of civil society. University of Warwick, Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalization.

    • -  Συρακούλης, Κ., &Αφουξενίδης, Λ. (επιμ.) (2008). Η δυναμική και τα όρια της κοινωνίας πολιτών: ζητήματα management και διαχείρισης έργων από τις Μη Κυβερνητικές Οργανώσεις. Αθήνα: Προπομπός.

    • -  Wapner, P. (2002). Horizontal politics: Transnational environmental activism and global cultural change. Global Environmental Politics, 2(1), 37-62.

    • -  Yanacopulos, H. (2005). The strategies that bind: NGO coalitions and their influence. Global Networks, 5(1), 93- 110.

    • -  Willetts, P. (2011). Non-governmental organizations in world politics: The construction of global governance. London and New York: Routledge.


Teaching Methods:

The course is delivered in a hybrid lecture-laboratory form.. It is largely based on discussion with their students and their comments. Supervisory tools, slides and laboratory exercises are used. Material that covers the whole curriculum is provided. The provision of the material is done through e- class platform.

New Technologies:

Use of ICT in teaching

Evaluation Methods:

Creative activation is sought jn class dialogue and the overall evaluation of the course consists of the following three parts. 1st The constant presence and critical interactive participation of students is evaluated, including their evaluation compared to fellow students. This means that student attendance is evaluated positively and that absences can not exceed 30% in total. 2nd The oral presentation by each student of a freely chosen topic is evaluated, in the context of the seminar part of the course.3rd Students are evaluated with the written, complete essay -in the same topic- delivered at the end of the semester. Each of these distinct parts is evaluated with 1/3 of the total grade. The successful candidates are awarded a certificate of successful attendance.

The assessment is carried out through an intermediate examination or work (corresponding to 40% of the total grade) and a final examination (representing 60% of the total grade).

In order to score the papers, they should include the following statement: "this work has been done by myself, and it does not involve copying or plagiarism."

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