HARVARD GOV 2881 - Syllabus (6 pages)

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School:
Harvard University
Course:
Gov 2881 - Mass Media, Public Opinion, And Foreign Policy

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Prof Matthew A Baum Office T244 Email Matthew Baum Harvard edu Office Hours MW 1 30 2 30 or by appointment Fall 2009 MW 2 40 4 p m Location T301 Phone 495 1291 DPI 611 Gov 2881 Mass Media Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Syllabus Overview This course will investigate the various means both direct and indirect through which the mass media and public opinion can influence the foreign policy making process We will review historical perspectives regarding the proper role or lack thereof of public opinion in foreign policy as well as more recent challenges to this perspective This review will include a discussion of whether and how the media influences what the public thinks about politics in general and foreign affairs in particular We will consider such issues as How does the public learn about foreign policy Do they care about it If so under what circumstances will political leaders be responsive to the public s preferences Do politics really stop at the water s edge What effect if any has the advent of real time global news reporting had on U S foreign policy e g the so called CNN Effect Does this represent a qualitative change or are such claims exaggerated The goal is to develop a coherent view of the interaction between the mass media public opinion and political leaders with respect to foreign affairs Requirements There will be one paper 20 30 pages double spaced based on the material covered in the course Students will also present their preliminary research to the class as well as prepare and present to the class brief summaries of select readings The paper counts for 40 of your grade the research presentation counts for 10 oral participation in class counts for 35 and written summaries count for 15 Paper The term paper can be either a literature review on one or two of the topics covered in the course or a research paper on a topic of the student s choice Students must submit a paper proposal for approval no later than the fifth meeting of the course The



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