POL3509 - Media, Opinion and Political Behaviour


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

More recently, new political cleavages have emerged, volatility has increased and party identification has declined, indicating that the political landscape is changing. This course focuses on how political actors, the media, and the electorate change their strategies in accordance with these new trends. Why do two voters react differently to the same message? Are the voters more influenced by emotion than by knowledge? Which strategies of communication do political parties prefer when they are dependent upon the mass media? Has the mass media become an important political power, and how does this power work?

Learning outcome

Knowledge – the student shall:
- have knowledge about the media and symbolic power in the formation of opinion focusing on how political actors, media and voters act under changing conditions.
Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:
- treat one of the themes which was discussed in instruction in an independent empirical analytical manner which fulfills the requirements for scientific writing.
- be able to orally discuss and reflect over one’s own written work and the themes which were taken up in teaching.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/group discussions. Supervision of term paper. The course is primarily taught in English.

If less than 6 students attend the course the two first weeeks of teaching, the course will be given as an individual study course with supervision. Please contact the departement for further information.

Compulsory assignments

  • Presentation

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Term paper and oral examination. Length of term paper: 6000-8000 words. The oral exam covers the term paper as well as readings. The oral exam will be used to adjust the term paper’s grade by a maximum of one grade. Both the term paper and the oral exam must be retaken at a repeat of the exam.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

60 credits including SOS1002 or an equivalent course in research methods. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100


Spring ORD Assignment 100/100


  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.