Exploring Pathway: Political Communication
In every country around the world, politics depends on communication: the exchange of ideas among members of the general public, the sending of messages from the public to people serving in government, conversation and negotiation among people within the government of a nation and between nations, and more. The study of political communication seeks to understand how these many forms of communication occur, shape what governments do, and shape the lives of their citizens.
At Stanford, the study of political communication is strongly focused on understanding how best to optimize public understanding of the challenges facing their nation and how best to optimize public input into government’s decision-making.
Pathway designations don't appear on your transcript, but they do offer ways to organize your electives and requirements.
Selected COMM Courses
- 104W Reporting, Writing, and Understanding the News
- 124 Lies, Trust, and Tech
- 125 Perspectives on American Journalism
- 135W Deliberative Democracy and its Critics
- 137W The Dialogue of Democracy
- 138: Deliberative Democracy Practicum: Applying Deliberative Polling in Local Communities
- 151 The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech and Press
- 152A The Law of Democracy
- 153B Free Speech, Democracy and the Internet
- 154 Politics of Algorithms
- 158 Censorship and Propaganda
- 162 Campaigns, Voting, Media and Elections
- 164 Psychology of Communication about Politics in America
- 177I Investigative Watchdog Reporting
- 77Y Foreign Correspondence