Sociology of journalism (m) (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Gian Paolo Lazzer
Gian Paolo Lazzer
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. 1A dal Sep 24, 2018 al Nov 10, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to make students aware of the fundamental concepts of the sociology of mass communications and the sociological reflection on the main mass-medium.


The course will deal with the main theories concerning communication and in particular mass communication. It also examines the more interesting and recent communicative phenomena. Particularly encouraged will be the ability to think independently, the use of libraries and the autonomy of judgment of the student.
Part of the course is devoted to the use of photography in investigative journalism and sociology.
It will focus on the concept of public opinion, its historical development and its most recent changes will be explored. As for the topic of journalism, it will be implemented a critical reading of articles and videos that concern local news, economy and sport.

Reference texts:

- Gili G., Colombo F., Comunicazione, cultura, società. L’approccio sociologico alla relazione comunicativa, La Scuola, Brescia. (Capitoli 1 – 2 – 3 – 6)
- Stella R., L' immagine della notizia. Nuovi stili giornalistici nella società dell'informazione, FrancoAngeli, Milano.
- Dispense del docente
Un testo a scelta tra (non frequentanti):
- Habermas J., Storia e critica dell’opinione pubblica, Laterza, Bari.
- Lippmann W., L’opinione Pubblica, Donzelli, Roma.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gili G., Colombo F. Comunicazione, cultura e società. L'approccio sociologico alla relazione comunicativa La Scuola 2012
Renato Stella L' immagine della notizia. Nuovi stili giornalistici nella società dell'informazione Franco Angeli 2004
Walter Lippmann L' opinione pubblica  
J. Habermas Storia e critica dell'opinione pubblica laterza 1990

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam through open questions