The emergence of new media and increased citizen journalism is redefining the public sphere and social contract between the citizen and government. Social media outlets such as Twitter and FaceBook are becoming tools for enhanced social mobility in bringing about a change for example, in the political landscape of the Middle East. However, the fact remains that there is a profound digital gap between the North and South. Depending upon the digital literacy and technical capacities, in many parts of the world, the new media (social networking, blogs and/or internet) has not yet outdone the importance of ‘traditional’ media (radio, television, newspaper).
This course aims at introducing the major concepts, processes and practices in the field of political communication. Additionally, this course will enable the students to effectively analyse the interplay among media, politics and various stakeholders such as NGOs in a comparative perspective.
This course is offered as a part of excursion to Islamabad, Pakistan where the Erfurtian students will jointly study this course with students from Peshawar University.