Strategic Political Communication

Subject 100-577 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week, 6 additional hours/week. Total of 9 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Sally Young

Subject Overview: This subject examines the strategies used by political actors to communicate with a focus on political, public and government communication across different national, international and global contexts. The subject provides a critical review of key aspects of contemporary theory and research in political communications including theories of public information, propaganda and persuasion techniques. It examines a range of interconnected issues concerning the politics/mass media relationship including: the interaction of media practice and political strategies; theories of democracy and the media; civic communication and the public sphere; news management, political reporting and journalism; media and political influence; the 'crisis' of current civic communications and the role of press officers and 'spin doctors'. Aside from traditional political actors (such as politicians, political parties, election candidates and government bodies), this subject also explores the communicative activities of various social movements and groups outside traditional mainstream politics including their use of communication technologies to mobilize support for their campaigns. Students will explore areas such as political lobbying, election campaigning and political marketing at an advanced level. On completion of this subject students should have developed a strong grasp of the major thematic issues in the fast-growing area of strategic communication.
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of key studies and major theoretical frameworks deployed in the analysis of strategic political communication;
  • be able to critically analyse the relationship between media and political processes;
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of how communication operates within and across various political, public and government contexts.
Assessment: A project consisting of 5000 words 50% (commencing at beginning of semester and due at the end of semester) and a written essay of 5000 words 50% (due end of semester). Students must attend at least 80% of classes to be eligible for assessment.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced capacity for critical, analytical and independent thinking in both theoretical and practical contexts of debate and interaction;
  • be able to demonstrate competence in advanced library searches and information retrieval;
  • be able to demonstrate conformity to academic protocols of presentation and research procedures.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Asian Societies)
Master of Arts (Science, Communication and Society)
Master of Global Media Communication
Master of International Studies

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