Political Communication

Communication 431

Study of communication as a vital part of democracy, informing citizens and shaping public policy. Course examines political communication messages from both the electorate and campaign practitioner perspectives.  

Prerequisite: COMM 305 or permission of instructor.

The foundation of a liberal education is the assumption that one ought to life their lives as critical
consumers of information, capable of responsible debate and civic engagement. These questions
are central to the political process, as well, as they inform the way we organize, structure, talk
about, criticize, and problematize politics.


As such, this class is designed to foster critical engagement in politics. By the end of this course,
you should (1) understand the discursive and material reasons political institutions operate the
way they do and (2) have a vocabulary with which to more effectively consume, create, and
criticize political messages. When you finish the course you should become an intelligent user
and consumer of political messages, understand relevant theories of political communication,
and understand the structural and situational factors that influence political discourse