ELE 3778 Political communication

ELE 3778 Political communication

Course code: 
ELE 3778
Department: 
Communication and Culture
Credits: 
7.5
Course coordinator: 
Tor Bang
Course name in Norwegian: 
Politisk kommunikasjon
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
Bachelor - Electives
Semester: 
2021 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Bachelor
Teaching language: 
Norwegian
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

The course is a basic introduction to how the government communicate with its public, and how the public communicate with political and governmental decision-makers.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

On completing the course, students should be able to understand and explain how the governmental decision system is designed in Norway, how the government communicates with the public, and how the public may communicate with politicians as well as government officials through lobbying.

Learning outcomes - Skills

On completing the course, students should be able to use their knowledge of the governmental and political decision system to analyze and solve governmental communication problems, and how lobbying is planned and implemented.
 

General Competence

On completing the course, students should understand how the different elements in the political and governmental decision system interact in complex ways in political processes.

Course content

Part 1: Election campaign communication

  • The Norwegian party system
  • How politicians communicate with the electorate
  • Political campaign communication

Part 2: The Storting, public administration, government relations and lobbying

  • How public management is organized in Norway
  • Interaction between public administration and the political sector
  • The role of citizens: The right to knowledge
  • Information- and communication strategies for public administration
  • The role of the Storting and how it works
  • The relaytionship between the governmental administration, the Cabinet and the Storting
  • Lobbying
  • Governmental communication policy
Teaching and learning activities

The course consists of classroom instruction, discussions and problem solving in groups.

During the semester, there will be two assignments which must be answered in writing, preferably in groups of up to three students.

The two assignments count for 100% of the course grade. Students choose for themselves how the two assignments should be considered in the assessment, such as 50/50, 60/40 or until 70/30.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Qualifications

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Covid-19

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.

Teaching

Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

Required prerequisite knowledge

No specific prerequisites is required.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
ELE 37781
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
100No6 Week(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3) The final submission shall consist of two tasks that are given in the course, and counts 100% of the grade. However, students may choose how the two components should be considered in the assessment, such as 50/50, 60/40 or until 70/30.
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:100
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:6 Week(s)
Comment: The final submission shall consist of two tasks that are given in the course, and counts 100% of the grade. However, students may choose how the two components should be considered in the assessment, such as 50/50, 60/40 or until 70/30.
Exam code:ELE 37781
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Teaching
33 Hour(s)
Lectures and group presentations
Prepare for teaching
48 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
50 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
69 Hour(s)
Reading of curriculum literature / preparations for examinations
Sum workload: 
200

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.