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Citizens, Politicians and the Media: Evaluating Democratic Processes

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: SF2222
Spring 2020
100% Day
Period: 20 January 2020 - 25 March 2020
2 Closed GU-27750
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

A major goal of democracy is to realize “the will of the people.” But how should this be achieved according to different normative democratic models? How is it achieved in reality? To find out, this course zooms in on three groups of actors in modern mass democracies: citizens, politicians, and the mass media. We consider empirical research from both political science and mass communication research, including voting behaviour, political psychology, political participation, political representation, mass media effects on citizens, political journalism, and news management. What does this research tell us about how citizens, politicians, and the mass media interact with each other under different circumstances? How do these actors, and the relations between them, live up to the requirements of different models of democracy? What does research results from different fields reveal about how democracy could be improved?

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: 15 credits from either one or a combination of the core courses Political Science Analysis (15 credits) and Political Perspectives (15 credits) at the advanced level in Political Science, or alternatively the successful completion of a minimum of 15 credits from core courses given at the advanced level in Media and Communication Studies or the Master’s Programme in European Studies, or the equivalent knowledge. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.Swedish Upper Secondary School.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 21 003 SEK
First payment: 21 003 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

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