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Media and Conflict


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Professor Tim Markham (subject to change)
  • Assessment: a 2500-word essay (40%) and a 3500-word essay (60%)

Module description

This module critically assesses the role media plays in relation to conflict in British society and around the world. It begins by looking at professional war reporting, detailing the dangers and constraints that war correspondents encounter, before considering the representation of bloodshed and suffering more broadly.

It analyses how audiences respond to distant suffering, takes stock of the changes technological development have wrought, and assesses how urban unrest and mass protest are covered by the media. It ends with an assessment of the Arab Spring and the wider question of what mediatised conflict tells us about contemporary British attitudes towards violence, discord and dissent.