Masters and PhD course: Propaganda and the Everyday

This Fall term, Dr Chris Meyns will be giving a course on Propaganda and the Everyday. The first session will be held on Tuesday 12 October 2021.

Link to the course page (including syllabus): 


Propaganda lives not just in manipulated news bulletins. It’s more than shouty posters from totalitarian régimes. In many instances, propaganda—the propagation of a message or point of view—operates in much more mundane, insidious ways. In this course we will study the nature and workings of propaganda in everyday contexts. We will look at theoretical approaches to propaganda using both foundational texts and recent literature. We will also build a propaganda analysis ‘toolkit’ to apply our insights to concrete case studies. On this basis we will be able to reflect on some of the key questions that the production, circulation and reception of propagandist material raises. This includes questions about: agency, responsibility, ethics and vulnerability, but also about truth, (mis)information, aesthetics, and the social consequences of propaganda as it permeates people’s lives.

Topics we will cover include: propaganda in relation to architecture, fashion, algorithms, advertising, and social media influencers.


The course will be conducted as a series of (virtual) seminars.

Preliminary schedule

  • 12 October 2021, 10:15–12:00 — What is Propaganda?
  • 19 October 2021, 10:15–12:00 — Bots and Algorithms
  • 26 October 2021, 10:15–12:00 — Propaganda vs. Marketing
  • 2 November 2021, 10:15–12:00 — Wearing the Message: Clothes and Propaganda
  • 9 November 2021, 10:15–12:00 — Friends & Influence(rs)
  • 16 November 2021, 10:15–12:00 — Propaganda and the Built Environment


Examination will consist of: five weekly writing assignments and a final project. 

Taking part

This course is mainly aimed at doctoral candidates. It is also open to masters students. If you would like to participate in this course, please contact Mats Hyvönen: no later than 1 October 2021.