The course offers a brief overview of the major political ideologies as well as main notions and theories in political communication and examines the triangle that exists between the media, politics, and society. Then, the main components of a political communication campaign, various strategies and tactics used in political communication campaigns and the factors that influence the success of these campaigns will be examined.
|Learning Outcomes||Program Learning Outcomes||Teaching Methods||Assessment Methods|
|1. The student identifies the major political ideologies and ideas.||3, 9, 10||1, 2, 6, 15||A, B, C|
|2. The student identifies the main notions and theories in political communications.||3, 9, 10||1, 2, 6, 15||A, B, C|
|3. The student grasps the importance of public relations in politics.||3, 9, 10||1, 2, 6, 15||A, B, C|
|4. The student knows the main components of a political communications campaign.||3, 9, 10||1, 2, 6, 15||A, B, C|
|5. The student designs a political communications campaign through teamwork.||1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8||1, 2, 6, 15||A, B, C|
|1||What is politics? What is ideology? Have ideologies died?||Heywood, A. (2013), chap. 1 & 2|
|2||Political ideas and ideologies: socialism, liberalism, and conservatism||Heywood, A. (2013), chap. 2|
|3||Political ideas and ideologies: fascism, populism, religious fundamentalism, and nationalism||Heywood, A. (2013), chap. 2 & 5|
|4||Political ideas and ideologies: feminism, ecologism, and the new left||Heywood, A. (2013), chap. 2|
|5||Public opinion: psychological approaches||Glynn, C. J. et al (2004), chap. 1 & 4|
|6||Public opinion: sociological approaches||Glynn, C. J. et al (2004), chap. 5 & 6|
|7||What is political communication? Who are its actors?||McNair, B. (2011), chap. 1|
|9||Political advertising: examples from Turkey and abroad||McNair, B. (2011), chap. 6|
|10||Political public relations||McNair, B. (2011), chap. 7|
|11||Designing a political communication campaign: researching and setting a goal||O’Day, J. B (n.d.), chap. 1, 2, &3|
|12||Designing a political communication campaign: campaign message and communication strategy||O’Day, J. B (n.d.), chap. 4 & 5|
|13||Designing a political communication campaign: planning and implementation||O’Day, J. B (n.d.), chap. 6|
|15||Review and Wrap-up for the Final|
Glynn, C. J. et al (2004). Public opinion. London: Westview Press.
Heywood, A. (2013). Politics, 4th ed. London: Palgrave.
McNair, B. (2011). An introduction to political communication, 5th ed. New York: Routledge.
O’Day, J. B. (n.d.). Political Campaign Planning Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Winning Elections. N.p.: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
NTV (2015). Türkiye’nin Seçimleri [Documentary]. Available at YouTube.
NTV (2017). Türkiye’nin Referandumları [Documentary]. Available at YouTube.
Clooney, G. (Producer), Heslov, G. (Producer), & Green, D. G. (Director) (2015). Our brand is crisis [Motion picture]. United States: Participant Media, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, & Smokehouse Pictures.
|Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade||1||50|
|Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade||2||50|
|COURSE’S CONTRIBUTION TO PROGRAM OUTCOMES|
|No||Program Learning Outcomes||Contribution|
|1||Students demonstrate knowledge on market segmentation, are able to follow the trends in consumer behavior, and create effective advertising messages suitable for target audiences||X|
|2||Students design advertisements suitable for both traditional and digital media.||X|
|3||Students gain awareness and knowledge on interdisciplinary subjects that are beneficial both for their professional and intellectual lives.||X|
|4||Students demonstrate knowledge of the campaign processes in written, audio-visual, electronic, and outdoor advertising media. They plan and manage campaigns in accordance with national and international standards.||X|
|5||Students demonstrate knowledge of the research methods related to the field of advertising and are able to use the obtained data to evaluate results in campaign processes.||X|
|6||Students create and lead media strategies in the field of advertising.||X|
|7||Students abide by universal values, law and ethical principles.||X|
|8||Students follow the developments in the fields with the awareness of lifelong learning and entrepreneurial approach. They are self-confident in communicating with institutions and persons and suggest solutions to problems independently or as team members.||X|
|9||Students adopt the critical approach in evaluating knowledge and skills related to the field.||X|
|10||Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts and models related to the field.||X|
|ECTS ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD BY THE COURSE DESCRIPTION|
|Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice)||12||4||48|
|Total Work Load||116|
|Total Work Load / 25 (h)||4.64|
|ECTS Credit of the Course||5|