Summer 2023 - CMNS 432 D200
Political Communication, Public Opinion and Political Marketing (4)
Class Number: 4949
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4140, Burnaby
1 778 782-5322
Prerequisites:75 units including at least two CMNS or DIAL upper division courses, with a minimum grade of C-.
Examines the core paradox of the political discourse in a democratic society today. Despite rising levels of education and citizen access to 24-hour news, public affairs and contemporary forms of satire, voting turnout in most advanced democracies is declining. We look at how politics is defined and meaning is mediated within the communicative public sphere during and between elections. Students with credit for CMNS 486 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.
This seminar course examines the core paradox of political discourse in a democratic society today. Despite rising levels of education and citizen interest in 24-hour news and contemporary forms of satire, voting turnout in most advanced democracies is declining, and the majority (two in three) of young voters under the age of 25 choose not to vote. We look at how politics is defined and meaning is mediated within the communicative public sphere during and between elections. Is politics good entertainment? To what extent are formal political systems increasingly by-passed by social media or by other modes of public assembly?
We look at the insider and outsider worlds of the spin-doctors, political journalists, strategists and speechwriters; and raise questions of moral ethics. What are “good” politics and “bad” politics? Conversely, what makes “good” political communication that empowers citizens, allows collective decisions, enables sustainable democracies, and mediates extremism? And how does one pass judgements about “bad” political communications, that demobilize citizens, deceive political actors, or drive wedges amongst peoples to help the powerful preserve power?
This seminar places a strong emphasis on engaging with political discourse by participating in discussion, analyzing rhetoric and writing opinion pieces. It is open to students taking the Dialogue Minor.
- Seminar Participation and Attendance 25%
- Workshop Presentation (group) 25%
- Op Ed Piece (750 Words; individual) 25%
- Political Speech (In-Class,7 Minutes; individual) 25%
Readings will be available on Canvas.
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