|Course code module||1MCW_S50|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||semester exam in January|
|Contract restriction information:|
Bachelor in Political Science, Bachelor in Communication Sciences, or Bachelor in a related discipline
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The students should be able to reflect judiciously and critically about the role of public opinion in contemporary society.
3. Course content
This course focuses on the role of ‘public opinion’ in contemporary society. Firstly, we will discuss and compare the different meanings that have been given to this notion using a historical-political perspective. Subsequently we will explain how these conceptualisations are related to the way public opinion is usually measured. Secondly, we will establish the way opinions are structured and are related to more deep-seated values and attitudes. Finally, we will shed some light on the dynamics that lead to opinion change.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
Personal work: Assignments - in group
5. Assessment method
Exam: Oral, with written preparationClosed bookOpen questions
Written assignment: Without oral presentation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Glynn, C.J., Herbst, S., O’Keefe, G.J., Shapiro, R.Y. & Lindeman, M. (2004) Public opinion. 2nd edition, Oxford: Westview Press.
+ selection of excerpts from leading journals and textbooks available on blackboard
7. Recommended reading - study material