PSCI 4701 Symbolic Politics
Dr. Michael Kanner
Unlike courses that look at politics in terms of institutions or norms, this course looks at how political rhetoric uses the emotions associated with symbols as a means of promoting political agendas and change. By the end of the semester, students are expected to –
- Identify how political discourse reflects dominant discourses in American society;
- Examine the manipulation of discourse and symbols in governance;
- Evaluate how various political actors establish agenda and framing to their advantage;
- Analyze the use of symbols in the acquisition of power.
McNair, Brian. 2011. An Introduction to Political Communication (Communication and Society). New York: Routledge Publishing, Inc.
Perloff, Richard M. 2013. The Dynamics of Political Communication: Media and Politics in a Digital Age. New York: Routledge Publishing, Inc.
Module I Critical Paper 25 points
Module II Critical Paper 25 points
Module III Critical Paper 25 points
Campaign Ad Analysis 10 points
On-line participation 15 points
Total 100 points