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Fundamentals in Public Communication


The increase in the production, storage, use and dissemination of information by public institutions has led to a similar increase in the expectations of citizens in their roles as both providers and receivers of this information. In this context, the communication of public sector institutions has taken an increasingly important role in the relationships between all societal stakeholders.

This course will focus on these specificities in addressing the realities of administrations, governments as well as non-profit and international organisations in their communication strategies. The focus will be both Swiss and international. A first section of the course will introduce the fundamentals of communication and as they have developed and are now implemented in the public sector. A second section will address three of the main aspects of communication: institutional communication, internal communication and crisis communication. A third section will focus on the specific tools of communication (public relations, publicity, etc.), as well as on the evaluation of their success.



Villeneuve J.

Course director

Additional information

Academic year
Master of Arts in Economics and Communication in Public Management and Policy, Core course, Fundamental knowledges, 1st year

Master of Arts in Economics and Communication in Public Management and Policy, Elective course, Specialisation in Public Communication and Management, 2nd year

Master of Science in Communication in Media Management (until A.Y. 2017), Elective course, Minor in Public Communication, 2nd year