Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 102 Politics and the Media Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
5 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dr. Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Associate Professor Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
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The course is designed as an interactive exercise, involving contribution from all students in the form of weekly workshop. Topics will be introduced by the lecturer, discussing some of the assigned readings. Short video materials will then be played, illustrating the issues under discussion. Students are expected to make notes during presentations, for important issues raised by these materials will be discussed afterwards. Please make sure that you watch and listen to audiovisual presentations carefully, for although entertaining, these materials are also meant to be informative and perform educative function. Group project is very important part of the coursework so take it as seriously as possible.

The course aims to deepen students’ understanding of the relationship between politics and the media. To this end, all aspects of importance for this relationship shall be examined. Written materials will be combined with audio-visual presentations in every session. During discussions following presentations, students are expected to identify the most important issues from the materials they have read and seen. The lecturer will act as a guide in this process. By the end of the course, the students will be able to grasp the importance of media in political process, issues arising from media ownership/control, various uses of media, including news and non-news media, in influencing political outcomes, challenges of modernity and digital age media.

  1. Introduction to the course and topics to be covered, logistics, class expectations
  2. Media in history; oral and written traditions; role of the printing press; newspapers; one-way communication
  3. Social science perspective of the media: the central role of media in political process; news; media as ‘the fourth branch of government’; models and functions of the mass media
  4. Can media be trusted? Media bias; Mass-media and political elites; relationship between big business and media; changing history: how much can we trust media accounts of past events?
  5. Government use of media; control of media in democracies and autocracies; media as propaganda tool in domestic and international politics
  6. Big businesses’ use of media as a source of political power/pressure; issue of ownership of media; media moguls as political figures; business influencing media and controlling politics
  7. The mass media and democracy: relationship between the mass media and political institutions; mass media and elections; mass media and the US Presidency; political socialization; political knowledge, political attitudes. Presentation of Critical Article Reviews
  9. Non-news media industry/production used in political sphere: entertainment as a tool for shaping public opinion - movies as propaganda; fashion; music
  10. The last hope for democracy? – Investigative journalism and its role in political process; investigative journalism and US politics; investigative journalism in western democracies; investigative journalism in autocratic regimes

  1. Media presentation of politics: spectacle as dominant form
  2. The rise of new media: effects of new media on news consumers; internet use and civic engagement; biased exposure to online news
  3. Will the digital media change the political map of America and the world? – internet; the role of social networks; interactive communication and government oversight; potential and limits to power of international media
  4. Citizen journalism – internet as a tool for everyone to express political views; blogs; iwitness reports
  5. What have we learned? Discussion of topics and issues covered during the course. Presentations of term projects


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    • Use of educational films
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)125
    Term Paper120
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Have skills and knowledge necessary for understanding relationship between politics and the media
    • Possess critical skills enabling them to critically examine media content
    • Possess analytical skills enabling them to understand the role of media in political process, both domestically and internationally, including socialization, democratization, political marketing and communication
    • Understand the role of media in political conflicts
    • John Street, Mass Media, Politics and Democracy
    • Jan E. Leighley, Mass Media and Politics
    • Shanto Lyengar, Jennifer A. McGrady, Media Politics
    • Doris A. Graber (ed.), Media Power in Politics
    • Ben H. Bagdikian, The New Media Monopoly
    • Noam Chomsky, Media Control
    • Bennett, Lawrence, Livingston, When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina
    • Mark J. Rozell, Jeremy D. Mayer, Media Power, Media Politics
    • Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky (eds.), Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
    • John Pilger (I), Freedom Next Time
    • John Pilger (ed.) (II), Tell Me no Lies: Investigative Journalism That Changed the World
    • Morley Winograd, Michel D. Hais, Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube & the Future of American Politics

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0