German Political Communications in a Digital Age

German Political Communications in a Digital Age

Course dates:
13 July, 2019 to 10 August, 2019
1,100 €
Multidisciplinary, Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Saturday, 15 June, 2019
Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)
Berlin, Germany

General information

This course explores different aspects of political communications in Germany and the challenges and transformations taking place in politics, government and media as a result of digital technologies. Students will analyze and learn about the structure of the German political system, the history of its media system, the relationship between politicians and journalists in Germany, and how these systems and relationships are affected by digitalization. Students will get an insight into relevant and current theoretical and empirical research in the field of political communications including, for example, new research on online political campaigning, polarization in the public sphere, the spread of disinformation and populism. They will also study a number of comparative communications studies to enable them to critically compare political communications in Germany with their own countries.

After taking the course, students will be able to critically analyze the history and structure of media and politics in Germany, the role of political communications in a democratic public sphere, its historical and political context and key current transformations taking place in this field. They will also learn some practical writing skills for working in the field of political communications.


FUBiS offers the following accommodation options:

  • single room in a shared apartment at the student dorms
  • single occupancy apartment
  • stay with a Berlin host family

For more details on the different accommodation options, please click here.


The easiest way to register for FUBiS is by using the online registration form. You can find detailed information on how to register here.

Registration deadline is June 15, 2019.

A comprehensive overview on fees and registration can be found here.

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Contact information


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