Media and political engagement is concerned with the study of the political and non-political in social and cultural life. As democracy encounters difficulties, many citizens are turning to alternative politics and making use of media and new communication technologies. This significant impact of media on political engagement offers new modes of participation and emergent political cultures.
The course takes the themes of media and global public spheres, citizenship and democracy, civic cultures, and the political web, and critically examines these themes from a multidisciplinary perspective of media and communication and social and cultural theory. For example, the course examines how the political is embedded within culture and society, diverse ways cultural and social practices open up understanding of political engagement and disengagement, global public spheres and civic cultures.