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American Presidency in the Digital Age - JMMZ341
Anglický název: American Presidency in the Digital Age
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2018 do 2018
Semestr: letní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 16 / neurčen (20)
Minimální obsazenost: 5
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D.
Vyučující: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D. (15.02.2019)
The course is an in-depth study of the changing nature of the presidency of the United States in the new environment shaped by political communication in the digital era. Students will study the basics of political communication in its historical evolution, both campaign communication and presidential communication.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D. (15.02.2019)

By focusing on key presidential powers and looking at how they were affected by the digital age, students will be able to contextualize recent presidential campaigns and presidencies, especially the presidential campaign and presidency of Donald J. Trump, his political communication and its impact on American society and democratic system. Students will analyze the White House website, twitter accounts, YouTube channel and other platforms. After completing this course students will have acquired a layered understanding of the present nature of U.S. presidency and its impact.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D. (15.02.2019)
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions
  • Class exercises
  • Video analyses
  • Team presentations on WH communication
  • In class reflections (in writing)
Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D. (22.01.2019)

10%   -- Class Attendance and Activity

·       Discussion moderated by professor based on course reading, films and lectures

·       Possible short quizzes based on readings

25% -- Teams of students leading class discussions focusing on up-to-date president’s communication on social networks and other platforms

30% -- Written Test (Questions testing knowledge of course theory; closed book and notes: students will not be allowed to use any course or internet resources)

35% -- Final Exam – Book Review (individual) – Students will submit a 6-page double-spaced    book review of Fault Lines by Kruse and Zelizer, demonstrating an originality of thought and an ability to apply ideas and concepts internalized in the course

A failure to submit or fulfill any of the above would result in the F grade for the course.

Grade A: Excellent work demonstrating a critical and observant approach to the subject, sound research and an ability to express thoughts cogently and persuasively. Grade B: Very good work. Grade C: Satisfactory work. Grade F: Failure to achieve a passable standard.

A = 91-100, B = 81-90, C = 71-80, F = 70 and below

 

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D. (22.01.2019)

IMS FSV UK – Katedra severoamerických studií

Summer Semester 2019

Tomáš Klvaňa, PhD, MA (Office hours by appointment)

 

 

Course

AMERICAN PRESIDENCY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Class Description

The course is an in-depth study of the changing nature of the presidency of the United States in the new environment shaped by political communication in the digital era. Students will study the basics of political communication in its historical evolution, both campaign communication and presidential communication. They will focus on key presidential powers and look at how they were affected by the digital age. A special focus will be devoted to the presidential campaign and presidency of Donald J. Trump, his political communication and its impact on American society and democratic system. Students will analyze the White House website, twitter accounts, YouTube channel and other platforms. After completing this course students will have acquired a layered understanding of the present nature of U.S. presidency and its impact.

 

 

Assessment Components

10%   -- Class Attendance and Activity

·       Discussion moderated by professor based on course reading, films and lectures

·       Possible short quizzes based on readings

25% -- Teams of students leading class discussions focusing on up-to-date president’s communication on social networks and other platforms

30% -- Written Test (Questions testing knowledge of course theory; closed book and notes: students will not be allowed to use any course or internet resources)

35% -- Final Exam – Book Review (individual) – Students will submit a 6-page double-spaced    book review of Fault Lines by Kruse and Zelizer, demonstrating an originality of thought and an ability to apply ideas and concepts internalized in the course

A failure to submit or fulfill any of the above would result in the F grade for the course.

Assessment Expectations

Grade A: Excellent work demonstrating a critical and observant approach to the subject, sound research and an ability to express thoughts cogently and persuasively. Grade B: Very good work. Grade C: Satisfactory work. Grade F: Failure to achieve a passable standard.

Grading

A = 91-100, B = 81-90, C = 71-80, F = 70 and below

Required Text(s)

Book Excerpts, Papers and Podcasts

·       The Tim Ferriss Show ep. 86: General Stanley McChrystal https://tim.blog/2015/07/05/stanley-mcchrystal/

·       Levin, Yuval. Congress Is Weak Because Its Members Want It to Be Weak. Commentary, June 2018. https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/congress-weak-members-want-weak/

·       Benjamin Moffitt and Simon Tormey –Rethinking Populism: Politics, Mediatisation and Political Style. Political Studies: 2014 VOL 62, 381–397

·       Elayan, S., S., Sykora, M.D. and Jackson, T., 2018. ``His tweets speak for themselves'': An analysis of Donald Trump's Twitter be-haviour. Presented at the Fourth International Journal of Press/Politics (IJPP) conference, Oxford, UK, 11-12 October 2018.

·       Evan Dashevsky – Donald Trump and the “Modern” Twitter Presidency (article) https://www.pcmag.com/article/355726/donald-trump-and-the-modern-twitter-presidency

·       Nicol Turner-Lee – How the President’s Twitter Account Affects Civil Society (article) https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2017/02/16/how-the-presidents-twitter-account-affects-civil-society/

·       Steven A. Seidman (2010) Barack Obama’s 2008 Campaign for the U.S. Presidency and Visual Design, Journal of Visual Literacy, 29:1, 1-27

·       Diana Owen, Richard Davis – Presidential Communication in the Internet Era (paper)

·       Richard M. Perloff – The Dynamics of Political Communication. Media and Politics in a Digital Age (book excerpts)

·       Richard Ellis, Michael Nelson – Debating the Presidency: Conflicting Perspectives on the American Executive (book excerpts)

·       Kruse Kevin, Zelizer Julian. Fault Lines. A History of the United States Since 1974. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2018

 

Films and Videos

·       The Twitter Presidency (TwiT Netcast Network) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3egI4AXo6rc

·       Brad Parscale – The Trump Effect One Year On (Worldwide Speakers Group)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZmQfZ5Vg0o

 

Course Schedule

1.     February 18

Introduction and Course Requirements

 

2.     February 25

Presidential Character and Leadership

Listen before the class session: The Tim Ferriss Show ep. 86: General Stanley McChrystal https://tim.blog/2015/07/05/stanley-mcchrystal/

Reading: Debating the Presidency, Chapter Seven

 

3.     March 4

Presidency and Congress

Reading: Levin, Yuval. Congress Is Weak Because Its Members Want It to Be Weak

 

4.     March 11

Populism as Style

Reading: Moffitt and Tormey – Rethinking Populism: Politics, Mediatisation and Political Style.

 

5.     March 18

The Twitter Presidency

Readings: Elayan, Sykora, and Jackson. ``His tweets speak for themselves'';  Dashevsky – Donald Trump and the “Modern” Twitter Presidency; Turner-Lee – How the President’s Twitter Account Affects Civil Society

In-Class Video: The Twitter Presidency (TwiT Netcast Network)

 

6.     March 25

Digital / Visual

Readings:Seidman—Barack Obama’s 2008 Campaign for the U.S. Presidency and Visual Design; Owen and Davis – Presidential Communication in the Internet Era

 

7.     April 1

WRITTEN TEST

 

8.     April 8

Presidential Campaigns

Readings: Perloff, The Dynamics…Chapter 1 & Chapter 11;

 

9.     April 15

Persuasion and Campaigns

Reading: Perloff, The Dynamics…Chapter 14

In-Class Video: Brad Parscale – The Trump Effect One Year On (Worldwide Speakers Group)

 

10.  April 22

Advertising and Debates

Reading: Perloff, The Dynamics…Chapters 15 and 16

 

11.  April 29

American Presidency and U.S. Constitution

Reading: Debating the Presidency, Chapter One

 

12.  May 6

Unitary Executive

Reading: Debating the Presidency, Chapter Two; Dashevsky – Donald Trump and the “Modern” Twitter Presidency

 

13.  May 13

Executive Orders

Reading: Debating the Presidency, Chapter Twelve

 

FINAL EXAM – BOOK REVIEW DUE ON MAY 23

       

 

 
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