PACS 414: Media, Peace, and Conflict

This course provides a broad understanding of the modern history of media in conflict and war situations. It mainly draws literature from the recent scholarship on how the mass media covers international armed conflict. To this end, it distinguishes between information and propaganda and positive and negative role of media. Students learn theoretical approaches to the study of these implications. They explore how the mass media shape public perception and images of violence, war, and peace and how the mass media interpret victims and victimizers throughout the world. Through readings students reflect on the media’s role across diverse geographical, cultural, and social contexts.

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