COMS306-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Media and Conflict

30 points
15 Jul 2019 - 10 Nov 2019


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.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

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.

Globally aware

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.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 14:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 244 29 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 22 Sep
30 Sep - 13 Oct
02 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 441 29 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 22 Sep
30 Sep - 13 Oct

Timetable Note

Tutorials are on weeks 3 to 6 and 8 to 11 (8 Tutorials only)

Course Coordinator

Babak Bahador


Adepate Mustapha-Koiki


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 16 Aug 2019 35%
Presentation 23 Sep 2019 10% Presentation followed by online discussion on Learn.
Report 30 Sep 2019 25%
In-class test 14 Oct 2019 20%
Participation 10% 5% participation during tutorials, 5% during presentations via Learn

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Carruthers, Susan L; The media at war; 2nd ed; Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

The course reader (book of required readings) is available electronically on Learn.

Indicative Fees

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.

All COMS306 Occurrences

  • COMS306-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019