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Media & Democracy in the Digital Age Liberal Arts & French Studies Program Spring 2025 Semester - Paris

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Media & Democracy in the Digital Age

Media & Democracy in the Digital Age Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: CEA CAPA Paris Center
Location: Paris, France
Primary Subject Area: Communication
Instruction in: English
Course Code: COM385CDG
Transcript Source: University of New Haven
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: Introductory courses in Communication or Media Studies and Political Science are advised.


This course examines the relationship between the media and democracy with a particular emphasis on the new media technologies and their profound impact on the current political processes worldwide.

The course will first provide an overview of the traditional theories of the media's role in democracy and then will go on to investigate the effects of the new communication technologies on the public sphere, media systems, democratic governance, and individual expression. Throughout the course, we will study the French media system in depth, but we will also use various other worldwide empirical cases to understand how the media - and the new media technologies in particular - can enhance or undermine democratic processes.

The course aims to familiarize students with different media systems and provide a thorough understanding of the media's role in democracy and its current challenges. Students will engage in applied learning by becoming citizen journalists themselves by researching and interacting with local players in Paris first-hand.

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