Course module on Impact of Fake News on recent European Politics

About the Project

The institute receives grant from Erasmus+ programme of European Union for “Impact of Fake News on Recent European Politics and Economy”

The recent events in the EU with the Brexit movement and the immediate future events with the French, Dutch and German elections will be a key moment for the future of the supranational body. During the Brexit campaigns, there were several misleading, half-truth information, that were used by politicians and influencer's to pull the opinion towards one side or the other. This can be seen again in the campaign for the French Presidential elections, the Dutch and German general Elections. The use of new media (Social Media, Video Platforms Blog, Online Radio, Forums, etc) are extensively used by political parties and their supporters, influencer's and the citizens, to either promote their messages or counter another message. We are in an era where there is a lot of information creation and instantly shared, unfortunately this immediacy has impacted the quality . Traditional media, news media and the general public have been hit by bogus reports and false/inaccurate information which have been published involuntarily and voluntarily. Some organisations have been trying to contain and help the public by debunking those false/inaccurate reports. Our Modules will give the students an explanation of how the EU works, the history of information in the EU, the policies regulating information in the EU, an analysis of the recent political events in the EU via the media and the impact on the shifting of opinion. The course will help student develop and use tools to help them debunk information and source verifying. As part of our institution mission, we will host a cycle of conference, Course Modules, Workshops, Hands on Training, Media House visits etc. on source identifying, fact checking, information crosschecking that will be open to the wider public in anticipation of the 2019 Indian General Elections.

Course Objectives

The impact of fake news can be intentional or accidental in nature. The fundamental objective of this project is to critically examine the impact of fake news on EU economy and on politics.

  • 1. To create awareness about the scope of study of fake news from the perspective of EU: This module will be used as a springboard for other learners to add more insight in the studies of fake news and its impact on society at large.
  • 2. To share knowledge regarding dishonesty and unethical practices: The participants will learn about the impact of fake news upon the people which influence their mind. They will know about the intensity of damage the fake news can cause in society, in politics and in economy.
  • 3. To motivate media persons to write and publish sensibly any information influencing the masses: It would motivate the media persons to write more sensibly on any agenda or issue so as to publish the true information, situations and about the persons involved in it.
  • 4. To educate participants to know about their constructive roles towards fake news: The module would help the participants and other learners to broaden their views and attitudes while reading and discussing or forwarding any news. It would make them aware of their individual roles of dealing with fake news.
  • 5. To sensitize people about the impact of fake news and about the caution principle: The project is sure to sensitize participants about the impact of fake news such as on agency, entity or persons. The participants could learn about various sources through which the credibility of information can be checked. They will be made aware of the existing legal guidelines of using social networking sites or other sources of media.

Target Audience for the course
  • 1. Undergraduates of Engineering, Science, commerce, arts, mass communication, journalism
  • 2. Editors, journalists of print and electronic media
  • 3. People who wish to take up higher studies or work in the nations of EU
  • 4. Trainers, Researchers and Scholars who wish to carry research on EU
  • 5. Civil Society people

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