Module Details

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Title POLITICAL COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
Code POLI252
Coordinator Dr AS Roe-Crines
Politics
A.S.Crines@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

Understand, describe, and utlilise communicative techniques designed to advance a political concept;

Understand the impact of different approaches to political communication and their impact upon the health of the democratic process;

Understand how political speeches are constructed with the intention of developing persuasive arguments;

Understand and evaluate political authenticity within a shifting political environment where norms and values of democratic discourse are challenged.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Evaluate the stylistic construction of political speechmaking.

(LO2) Classify and apply oratorical theories and use them to enhance their presentational skills.

(LO3) Develop a cohesive mastery of the skills used by political figures to deliver convincing arguments and apply them to their own skillset to enhance student employability.

(LO4) Critically evaluate the importance of political speechmaking, the techniques required, and the impact it can have on delivering a convincing message.

(LO5) Deliver a ten minute political speech.

(S1) Critical thinking and evaluating problems.

(S2) Communication and debate skills.

(S3) Respecting whilst influencing others.

(S4) Interpret evidence to advance a critical argument.


Syllabus

 

Topics covered during the module may include:

Introduction to oratorical theory;

The introduction – opening a political speech;

Political audiences;

Debating freedom of political speech;

Political ‘clap-traps’ and animated gestures;

Authenticity, political visuals, and evidence;

Constructing ideological language;

Fake news and the political interview.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method:
Workshop.
Description:
This module will be taught in a single two hour ‘workshop’ through a combination of lecture and seminar activities. The purpose of the lecture is to introduce a concept, with the activities based upon that concept. These activities will drive the learning process. Students will also be expected to engage in private study to prepare for each workshop session.
Attendance Recorded:
Yes.

Skills / other attributes 1.
Communication and debate skills.
How this is developed:
Workshop activities

Skills / other attributes 2:
Respecting whilst influencing others.
How this is developed:
Workshop discussions.

Skills / other attributes 3:
Interpret evidence to advance a critical argument.
How this is developed:
Workshop activities.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           22

22
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Delivered Speech / Video Podcast. Work cannot be marked anonymously. Standard UoL penalties will apply. There will be a resit opportunity.  10 minutes    60       
Reflective analysis. Standard UoL penalties apply. Work will be anonymously marked. There will be a resit opportunity.  -1800 words    40       

Recommended Texts

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