Sociology of Mass Communication (p) (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Lorenzo Migliorati
Lorenzo Migliorati
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
NN - -
Language of instruction
Sem 2A, Sem 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course aims to introduce students to the knowledge of the topic of mass communication in a sociological perspective, and in its relations with social dynamics. We will discuss about sociological theories, empirical works, examples of research and experimental laboratories.
Pivot of the course will be the characteristics (and the effects) of Modern, and not, Political Discourse. Furthermore, we will see some of the most important Facebook and Google analytic tools.
The aim is to make the students able to decrypt the content of the principle mediatic product.


During the course we will discuss about:

1) Sociological views of the “Theory of Mass Communication”
2) A short intro to the Performative Theory of Alexander, J. C.
3) Political Discourse
4) Google and Facebook tools

Articles and other sheets will be add on the E-learning platform (these contents are ONLY for personal interests. They will not be included in the exam).

IMP. Students will be informed about how the lessons will be delivered. To date, Tuesday 18 March, is expected to be the Moodle platform (On-line) but, if during the weeks, there will be any updates I will inform you about the places and times.

The lectures will be delivered by Dr. Gianluca Lanfranchi to whom you can ask for further clarifications or explanations:

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Mazzoleni Gianpietro La comunicazione politica Il Mulino 2012

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam is a short text, 8-10 pages, concerning the course argument. Final mark will be GOOD or NOT GOOD.