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War, Media and Globalisation


Admission requirements

This course is designed for the minor Global Affairs. It is not possible to follow single courses of this minor. You need to be enrolled in Usis for the minor to be accepted to this course. There are 300 places open for registration, on a first come first serve basis, where LDE students are given priority.

This course is also open for inbound exchange students if they wish to take the entire minor Global Affairs; it is not possible to take single courses from this minor. Exchange students must be admitted by the FGGA International Office prior to the start of the minor; priority will be given to direct exchange partners of FGGA. For more information about the application procedure for exchange students, please contact the FGGA International Office at international@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.


Through studying the wars in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq from the 1980s onwards the course will focus on how the coverage of such conflicts has significantly changed over the past forty 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.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the complex relationship between modern (primarily Western) media and the conflict it covers;

  • Explain how war has changed and evolved over the past quarter of a century since the end of the Cold War, and identify the major conflicts which have contributed to this evolution;

  • Describe the impact of globalization on warfare and its coverage in the media, and discuss how this dynamic has contributed to the challenging nature of the conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq;

  • Provide critical, concise analysis on the topic of warfare, utilizing relevant academic research and literature to build an argument.


The schedule 2020 will be published asap.

The timetable will be displayed with a link on the website, Brightspace and on the front page of this minor programma.

Mode of instruction

9 lectures of 2 hours by instructors and guest lecturers.

Participation in lectures, discussions and exercises is required in order to obtain a grade. One lecture may be missed. Being absent more than once may likely lead to expulsion from the course.

The total study load for this course is 140 hours, consisting of:

  • 18 hours for attending lectures

  • 122 hours studying – work on assignments

Assessment method

Short essay

  • 25% of total grade

  • Resit not possible

  • Grade can be compensated

Long Essay

  • 75% of total grade

  • Grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course

  • Resit possible

  • Resit will take the same form

Students will be permitted to resit the 75% long essay if they have a calculated overall course grade lower than 5.50 or with permission of the Board of Examiners. The short essay needs to be compensated.

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

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

The Course and Examination Regulation Security Studies and the Rules and Regulation of the Board of Examiners of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs apply.

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Registration in uSis per course is possible from four weeks before the start of the course, but only with a valid registration for the minor.
Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.
Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. Important information about the course is posted here.
After enrollment for the course in uSis you are also enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.




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