Activity 4 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?
Share stories, photos and videos from your class while using this Activity!