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SOCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMUNICAZIONE SOCIALE E ISTITUZIONALE

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Gea Ducci During the course, 2 hours at the end of each lesson; by appointment via e-mail for the entire academic year
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Communication and Advertising for Organizations (LM-59)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide the students with theoretical and practical competences on public communication as an autonomous discipline, with particular attention to the principles and ways in which Public Administrations inform and communicate with citizens (institutional public communication) and how public and non-profit organizations promote communication initiatives to raise population's awareness about  issues of particular social relevance (social communication).

Specifically, theoretical and practical competences concern:

A) The evolution of public communication from the Nineties to today: communicative theories, organizational theories, reference norms and public administrations reform processes.

B) The digitalization of Public Administrations and the impact of social and participatory web on institutional communication aimed at citizens and employees (external and internal communication, in a view of integrated communication)

C) Digital Challenges: Open Data, Public Engagement (smart cities), socialPA (goals and criteria for the use of social media by public administrations).

D) Styles and languages ??of social communication in the network society: how public and non-profit organizations programme and implemente communication initiatives on socially relevant issues (eg smoking, alcohol, road safety, violence, etc.). Particular attention will be paid to crisis and emergency communication, with specific reference to the Coronavirus emergency and environmental communication.

E) Principles and criteria for planning communication activities in a public administration.

The knowledge of innovative principles, strategies and criteria to design and implement institutional and social communication activities in the network society is a necessary know-how for the pursuit of the professions related to the communications sector within the Public Administration and non-profit organizations (public communicator, chief press officer, social media manager ...).

Program

The course will address the following topics in the order below:

1 - Introduction to public communication

1.1 - Definition of public communication: area of interest and peculiarities of the discipline.

1.2. Evolution of public communication in time in the light of the communicative and organizational theories theories

 1.3.  The current state of public communication in the network society with the recent public system reforms and the internet evolution (increasing digitization)

2. Institutional and social communication on the web

- 2.1. Structures and tools for integrated institutional public communication in the era of social media (evolution of information and communication structure - Public Relations Office, Press Office, Spokesperson -).

- 2.2 Laws and policies of public communication on the web with the underway transformations (open data, public engagement/smart cities, social media for public administrations).

- 2.3 Communication and social advertising: social campaigns promoted by public administrations and non-profit organizations. Criteria for choosing themes, objectives, strategies and actions taken in the changed context of communication (public communication 2.0, social media planning).

3. Planning public communication activities

 3.1 How  to design communication initiatives:  institutional and social communication plan in public administrations - exercise group

Seminars will be organized on the following topics: management of institutional and social communication during the pandemic crisis due to Coronavirus (with the involvement of professionals); preparatory seminar for group work on health and environmental communication.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Students must achieve:
1. Knowledge and understanding: the concepts and theories of the course (principles, norms, theoretical models of public and institutional public communication) through the acquisition of theoretical competences on public communication models with particular attention to the impact that Digital innovation and the spread of social and participatory media are producing on the strategies adopted by public administrations to communicate with citizens in the network society.
1.1. Students gain such basic knowledge through the frequency of lessons and the study of the texts discussed in the classroom.
2. Applying knowledge and understanding: through the ability to analyze the strategies and activities promoted by public administrations and the ability to plan institutional communication in the public domain.
2.1. Skills gained through classroom workout moments.
3. Making Judgements: Critical reflection on the theoretical and empirical changes in the public institutional communication, starting from the observation of communicative practices that see public administrations, non-profit organizations and related citizens as public figures.
3.1. Such judgment skills should be applied in classroom confrontation with the teacher and colleagues during the exercises and in the preparation of the final exam.
4. Communicative Skills: Students are asked to interact in the classroom through questions, exchanges with fellow students, writing short presentations during the tutorial.
4.1. Skill exercised in the classroom with the organization of discussion and exercise moments.
5. Learning Skills: students are required to adopt a critical learning method capable of connecting theoretical skills and empirical analysis, focusing on the specification of an autonomous thought.
5.1. Skills to enhance thanks to the argument with the teacher and with the classmates.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Frontal lessons and exercise (group work) in mixed mode (presence and distance).

Attendance

It will be a compulsory attendance 50% of the lesson time (the calculation of attendance will take into account the course in "mixed" mode, in presence and at a distance).

Course books

Canel M.J. and Luoma-aho V. (eds.) (2019), Public Sector Communication. Closing Gaps Between Citizens and Public Organizations, Wiley Blackwell, Hoboken NJ USA.

Norman C. D. (2010), Social media and health promotion, Global Health Promotion, vol. 19(4), 3-.  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1757975912464593

Lovari A., Martino V. and Righetti N. (2020), Blurred Shots: Investigating the Information Crisis Around Vaccination in Italy, American Behaviour Scientist, 1-20.

Cioni, E., & Lovari, A. (2014), Social media for health communication: Implementation issues and Challenges for Italian Public Health Authorities. In M. Houses, E. Boricky, & A. Kushniruk (Eds.), Social media and mobile technologies for healthcare (pp. 235-261).
Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Ducci G. (2017), Relazionalità consapevole. La comunicazione pubblica nella società connessa, FrancoAngeli, Milano.

Assessment

Oral examinaion

The verification will be through individual interview based on textbooks, aimed at assessing the learning content by the student and his reworking skills and argumentation.

Assessment criteria:

For excellent assessments: possession of good critical thinking skills and in-depth by the student; knowing how to link together the main issues addressed in the course; the use of appropriate language with respect to the specificity of the discipline.

For discrete assessments: possession of a mnemonic knowledge of the contents by the student; a relative critical and linking the topics: the use of appropriate language.

For sufficient assessments: the achievement of a wealth of minimal knowledge on the topics covered by the student, despite some training gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

For negative assessments: difficulties of orientation by the student with respect to the issues addressed in the exam papers; training gaps; the use of an inappropriate language ".

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Study of the course books.

Course books

Canel M.J. and Luoma-aho V. (eds.) (2019), Public Sector Communication. Closing Gaps Between Citizens and Public Organizations, Wiley Blackwell, Hoboken NJ USA.

Norman C. D. (2010), Social media and health promotion, Global Health Promotion, vol. 19(4), 3-.  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1757975912464593

Lovari A., Martino V. and Righetti N. (2020), Blurred Shots: Investigating the Information Crisis Around Vaccination in Italy, American Behaviour Scientist, 1-20.

Cioni, E., & Lovari, A. (2014), Social media for health communication: Implementation issues and Challenges for Italian Public Health Authorities. In M. Houses, E. Boricky, & A. Kushniruk (Eds.), Social media and mobile technologies for healthcare (pp. 235-261).
Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Ducci G. (2017), Relazionalità consapevole. La comunicazione pubblica nella società connessa, FrancoAngeli, Milano.

Assessment

Oral examinaion

The verification will be through individual interview based on textbooks, aimed at assessing the learning content by the student and his reworking skills and argumentation.

Assessment criteria:

For excellent assessments: possession of good critical thinking skills and in-depth by the student; knowing how to link together the main issues addressed in the course; the use of appropriate language with respect to the specificity of the discipline.

For discrete assessments: possession of a mnemonic knowledge of the contents by the student; a relative critical and linking the topics: the use of appropriate language.

For sufficient assessments: the achievement of a wealth of minimal knowledge on the topics covered by the student, despite some training gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

For negative assessments: difficulties of orientation by the student with respect to the issues addressed in the exam papers; training gaps; the use of an inappropriate language ".

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