402141 SE Political Communication and Electoral Analysis - Enhanced Level

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402141
SE Political Communication and Electoral Analysis - Enhanced Level
SE 2
5
weekly
each semester
English

§5(1)13.b SE Political Communication and Electoral Analysis - Enhanced Level (2 /5)

Students acquire the ability to list different approaches to electoral analysis and party research as well as political communication and media research. Moreover, they know how to analyze the influence of public opinion to politics.

This course will introduce students to empirical analysis of political communication in both domestic and international contexts using quantitative text analysis, which is becoming increasingly popular among political scientists as one of the computational methods. Quantitative text analysis involves computer programming, but this course does not require prior experience.


Through this course, students will be able to answer political scientific questions by acquiring the skills to (1) write simple programming code in R and (2) perform statistical analysis of textual data, and the knowledge of (3) various applications of quantitative text analysis techniques in political communication research.
Among several types of communication media, we focus to the “elite media” (i.e. TV broadcast and newspapers) as the traditional channels of political communication, which remain important today but require set of techniques to analyse. The instructor will explain the techniques from the very basic linking political communication and linguistics theories with computer algorithms.


Students will work on their own research projects in the seminars to write a final essay using the techniques that will be covered in this course. Students must bring their laptop computers to the classroom to use R Studio and R packages in programming and data analysis.

Quantitive text analysis (programming and statistical analysis)

  • participation (20%)
  • presentation (20%)
  • final essay (60%)

Entman, R. M. (2004). Projections of Power: Framing News, Public Opinion, and U.S. Foreign Policy. University of Chicago Press.

Esser, F., & Pfetsch, B. (Eds.). (2004). Comparing Political Communication: Theories, Cases, and Challenges. Cambridge University Press.

Hallin, D. C., & Mancini, P. (2004). Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics. Cambridge University Press.

Iyengar, S., & Kinder, D. R. (2010). News That Matters: Television and American Opinion, Updated Edition. University of Chicago Press.

Krippendorff, K. (1989). Content Analysis. International Encyclopedia of Communication, 403–407.

Krippendorff, K. (2004). Content Analysis: An Introduction to Its Methodology. Sage.

McNair, B. (2011). An Introduction to Political Communication (5 edition). London ; New York: Routledge.

Siebert, F., Peterson, T., & Schramm, W. (1963). Four Theories of the Press: The Authoritarian, Libertarian, Social Responsibility, and Soviet Communist Concepts of What the Press Should Be and Do. University of Illinois Press.

successful completion of compulsory modules 1, 2, 3 and 9

not applicable

Students must bring their laptop computers to the class.

11.03.2020
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