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War, Media and Globalisation

Course
2018-2019

Admission requirements

This course is designed for the minor Global Affaires. 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 180 places open for registration, on a first come first serve basis, where LDE students are given priority.

Description

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 be able to:

  • to familiarise the students with the functioning of the major nations and institutions of the 21st century globalised world;

  • to allow students to acquaint themselves with the nexus between theory and practice;

  • to confront students with the political, legal and moral questions which decision-makers in multilateral as well as national contexts are presented with every day;

  • to provide students with a good foundation for the rest of the minor.

Timetable

The timetable will be displayed with a link on the website, blackboard and on the front page of this minor programma.
The schedule 2018 will be published asap.

Mode of instruction

7 lectures of 3 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.

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

Two essays:

  • Short Essay (29%)

  • Long Essay (71%)

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.

Compensation rule: Only assessments with the weight of 30% and lower are compensable. This means that one does not have to pass an assessment if it weighs less than 30% in order to pass the course, if the average of all assessments combined is at least a 5.5. In addition, assignments with less than 30% are not re-sitable, meaning that if one failed an assessment of less than 30%, one is not allowed to redo it.

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.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

TBA on Blackboard

Registration

Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.
Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.

Contact

Prof.mr.J.G. de Hoop Scheffer

Remarks

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