This course examines the relationships between communication technologies and democracy, not only in the United States but elsewhere as well. New communication technologies, such as the Internet, will not automatically lead to or improve democracy, but they do contribute to changes in the society as a whole. We will examine how changes related to communication media might enhance or curtail so-called democratic freedoms, with a particular emphasis on the relationships among the media, the public, and the government in a democracy. Please note that the media include TV, Internet, printed publications, and more. NGOs (nonprofits) also play a role in communication in today’s democracies.
This is not a course in political communication.
Graduate students from outside the College of Journalism and Communications are welcome to enroll in this course.
This course requires multiple reading assignments every week. Most readings come from scholarly journals and will be provided via UF Course Reserves. There are 12 writing assignments in this course. The student’s grade depends on the ability to think critically about the assigned readings and to write clearly, correctly and well. Active participation in class discussions also contributes to the student’s final grade.