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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 this minor.


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 globalized 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.

  • have learned how media coverage can influence both the conflict itself and the political decisions leading to outside intervention.



Mode of instruction

This course will consist mainly of lectures and class discussions. Participation is mandatory.

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

2 Papers

  • One short paper (40%)

  • Final paper (60%)

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

Late hand in penalty: 0,5 minus per day, and after seven days we do not accept papers any longer.

Participation: one lecture can be missed. If a second lecture is missed, an assignment will be given to compensate. If a third lecture is missed, a passing grade can no longer be obtained, unless permission is granted from the Board of Examiners (with consent of the lecturer).

Compensation rule: the two essays cannot be compensated, a passing grade has to be obtained for both of them.

Retake: in order to redo the paper, you need to hand-in the first paper. If you fail to hand in the first paper, you will not be able to redo the paper. Students will be permitted to re-do the paper if they have a mark between 3 and 5,4 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.


Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

Will be made available via Blackboard.




Dhr. C.D.A. van Lynden


All sessions will be in English.
Papers need to be written in English.