Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course intends to provide the students with the necessary tools for the comprehension and the analysis of journalistic writing in English, with a focus on international politics, and a careful study of the themes and languages used by journalism, and by American political journalism in particular.
Course contents summary
The course intends to provide the students with the necessary tools for the comprehension and the analysis of journalistic writing in English.
Books: Ian Hargreaves, Journalism: a Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005.
Martin Conboy, The Language of Newspapers: Socio-Historical Perspectives, Continuum, London-New York, 2010.
Orson Welles, Citizen Kane, 1941.
Michael Mann, The Insider, 1999.
Mick Jackson, Live From Baghdad, 2002.
Bill Ray, Shattered Glass, 2003.
Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 9/11, 2004.
Each week, we will discuss in class newspaper articles and essays, and we will also watch documentaries and movies on journalism.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final exam involves a reading comprehension of a newspaper article and the discussion of an essay and a movie, chosen by the student from the reading list.