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War, Media and Globalisation


Admission requirements

This course is part of the minor Global Affairs and can thus only be followed as part of the minor or the track. The minor is accessible for bachelor students who have obtained their ‘propedeuse’ and have a keen interest in global affairs, but the level of teaching is most suitable for third-year students, particularly of Political Science, Public Administration, Law and International Studies. If there are any uncertainties about the suitability of your programme and profile to the minor, please do not hesitate to send an email to


Through studying the wars in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and Iraq from the 1980s onwards the course will focus on how the coverage of such conflicts has significantly changed over the past thirty years in a now globalised world, whilst also confronting students with both the positive and negative sides of the extraordinary changes the media and public communication have undergone. The course will start with an introduction to the media landscape in the 1980s and its role in national and international politics. By looking at the various conflicts and assessing the change in coverage, students will gain insight into the role of the (social) media play and the power they have, but also how they can be abused and indeed even controlled in ways previously unthinkable. In all of this the political decisions underpinning the wars and outside interference, the economic interests involved and the wider regional and international repercussions will also feature.

Course objectives

At the end of this course students will have an understanding of the modern media and the role it plays in covering conflict and how it can inspire real public discussion of global political issues, or be manipulated and controlled. Students should also have learned how media coverage can influence both the conflict itself and the political decisions leading to outside intervention.


To be announced by OSC staff.

Mode of instruction

This course will consist mainly of lectures and class discussions.

Course Load

The total study load for this course is 140 hours, consisting of:
14 hours for attending lectures
126 hours studying – work on assignments

Assessment method

One short papers (40% each)
Final paper (60%)

Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.

On the Global Affairs frontpage of the E-guide you will find a link to the timetable, uSis and Blackboard.

Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have taken the first sit and have a mark lower than 5.5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resit written exam

Students that want to take part in a resit for a written exam, are required to register via uSis. Use the activity number that can be found on the ‘timetable exams’.

Rules and Regulations:
Re-sit rule: In order to sit in the re-sit, you need to take the first exam. If you are absent in the first exam, you will not be able to sit in the re-sit.
Late hand in penalty: (0,5 minus per day, and after seven days we do not accept any longer papers
Compensation rules: Only assessments with the weight of 30% and higher are compensable.***



Reading list



To be announced by OSC staff.


Mr. Aernout van Lynden:


This course is part of the minor Global Affairs and can only be taken as part of this minor.