Propaganda & Post-Factual Politics

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Propaganda & Global Politics

Spring 2018

Taught By: Andrew Kuech

Section: A

CRN: 6453

Credits: 4

Contemporary fears and accusations of “fake news!” have ushered in the specter of a new age of “post-factual politics” where “the truth” is politicized and the very ways we receive information appears challenged. Yet the quest to manipulate information for the masses is far from new. This course tackles ‘propaganda’ as an object of historical, theoretical and political inquiry and debates its consequences. From fascist and communist propaganda in Europe and Asia, to CIA foreign “black ops” and Hollywood films, to corporate marketing and monopolistic news media, to international terrorism, social media warfare and the global crackdown on independent journalists, this course surveys the different ways news and information has been manipulated to sway public opinion over the past century around the world. We study works of famous (and infamous) propaganda theorists such as Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Ayn Rand, Hannah Arendt, Joseph Goebbels, Mao Zedong, Edward Bernays, Walter Lippmann, Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein to analyze the propagandistic qualities of films, images, advertisements, art, news, and contemporary political issues. Students will be exposed to different methods and theories for ‘deconstructing’ political imagery and language as we return to the central questions: “What is propaganda?” “What is the relationship between news, information, and the state?” and “What are the prospects for democracy and resistance in a post-factual world?”

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:48pm 5/22/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 901

Date Range: 1/25/2018 - 5/10/2018