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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 3500-word essay (60%)

Module description

In this module we critically assess the role media plays in relation to conflict in British society and around the world. We begin 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.

We will analyse how audiences respond to distant suffering, take stock of the changes technological development have wrought and assess how urban unrest and mass protest are covered by the media. Finally we assess the Arab Spring and the wider question of what mediatised conflict tells us about contemporary British attitudes towards violence, discord and dissent.