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The course sets out to provide a critical insight and analysis into the role of media in contemporary conflicts and wars through a series of in-depth case studies. It provides a comprehensive review of the key concepts and theories on the media's impact on, and role during political conflicts.
What was the media’s role during the major wars of the 20th century? Has social media changed war in the 21st century? Can the media drive foreign policy towards military intervention? Why do the media ignore most wars? Can the media facilitate peace and reconciliation? These are some of the questions that are critically debated throughout this course. This course offers a comprehensive review of the key concepts and theories on the relationship between the media, communication and political conflict. It also provides an examination of the media’s role during the major political conflicts of the past century through a series of in-depth case studies.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
30 points at the 200 level in COMS. Students without this prerequisite, but with at least a B average in 60 points of relevant courses, may enter the course with the approval of the Head of Department or the Undergraduate Coordinator for COMS.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Tutorials are on weeks 3 to 6 and 8 to 11 (8 Tutorials only)
Carruthers, Susan L;
The media at war;
Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
The course reader (book of required readings) is available electronically on Learn.
Domestic fee $1,523.00
International fee $6,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.