Activity 5 Topic 5
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of this activity, students will be able to:
Understand what populism means
Identify examples of populism in the political speeches spread in the media
Recognise ways not to be influenced by such messages
Critical thinking, game-based learning
Populism Bingo aims to promote media literacy, active citizenship, democracy and freedom of speech, by analysing political discourse through a game-based approach.
Populism has become a widespread topic for discussion, but often remains vague in its definition.
The present activity does not focus on the concept of populism itself; rather, it is meant to spur discussion departing from the analysis of political speeches in different forms, e.g.: TV shows, videos, radio interviews, internet articles.
You can use the bingo card as a framework to analyse different messages spread by media, containing examples of populist discourses.
Step 1. 10 min
Introduce the concept of populism to your students.
Here are some definitions:
BBC. What is populism, and what does the term actually mean?: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-43301423
Britannica. Populism: https://www.britannica.com/topic/populism
Cambridge dictionary: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/
Populism Bingo: http://www.populismibingo.fi/en
Step 2. 60 min
Select a series of political speeches. They may be:
News on the web
Social media posts
Be curious: the Internet is full of them!
The one who first checks all the boxes in their bingo card is the winner: Bingo!
Relevant topics for discussion
What political speech surprised you more?
Do you often encounter such messages on the Internet?
How would you behave if a social media post offends someone else?
How can we help prevent such occurrences?
Which elements can be detected in the speeches shown?