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CONF 695: Media and Conflict

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Taught by Dr. Mohammed Cherkaoui, this course critically examines the power of the media, as an institution, either in perpetuating conflict escalation or stimulating some resolution. It discusses the impact of mediatization as a process of social change which subsumes other social and cultural fields into the logic of the media. It also explores what remain uncontested behind the journalists' repertoire of 'neutrality,' 'objectivity,' and 'balance,' which has weakened with the emergence of spin journalism. The course assesses the actual and potential role of peace journalism in transforming reporters' working habits, norms, and worldviews in conflict settings, and explores the prospects of mediatized conflict resolution.

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Repeatable within Term


Topics vary; announced each academic year.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Credits: 3

Prerequisites:

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