Module Details

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Code COMM212
Coordinator Dr VY Slavtcheva-Petkova
Communication and Media
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 30


To examine the interplay between global news, media and war in the context of rapidly evolving communication technologies and journalistic practices.

To compare and contrast the contexts and challenges in which journalists operate across the world.

To trace the evolution of foreign reporting.

To explore and analyse media management approaches and audience responses to the reporting of distant conflict.

To assess and examine the differing ways in which media coverage frames war and humanitarian crisis and the theoretical perspectives that underpin such frames.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to define and critically evaluate key theories and concepts that explain the interplay between global news, media and war.

(LO2) Students will be able to discuss the current state of media freedom and journalistic practices around the world as well as the main contextual factors that influence those practices and the role journalists play both in the global South and in the global North.

(LO3) Students will be able to identify and analyse the history and ethics of foreign correspondence and explore the key factors that have contributed to the evolution and decline of foreign correspondence.

(LO4) Students will be familiar with and critically analyse different perspectives on the way states manage and audiences relate and react to distant conflict.

(LO5) Students will be able to articulate knowledge and a critical understanding of the historical shifts and continuities in war reporting in the modern era.

(S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations.

(S3) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning.

(S4) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

(S5) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information.



The following is an indication of the main topics discussed in the module:
- Introduction to the module: Making sense of global news, media and war
- Journalism in the Global South
- Journalism in the Global North
- The history and evolution of global reporting and foreign correspondence
- Journalistic values and standards: ‘The first casualty’, ethics, objectivity and attachment
- Military media management: censorship, pooling and embedding
- Audiences of war: distant suffering and political engagement
- ‘Other people’s wars’: the Balkans and Africa in the 1990s
- Afghanistan, Iraq and global ‘war on terror’
- Reporting in the 21st century – war and beyond

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method: Lectures and Seminars

The lectures are designed to give a broad introduction to key areas and debates; they are intended to facilitate your reading and to highlight issues that should be explored in your 'out of class' study time and in the seminars.

The seminars are designed to explore particular issues and debates in more detail than can be achieved during lectures; they will enable you to clarify and develop your understanding of your reading; to learn from, and to question and explore, information and arguments presented by your peers; to allow you scope to present in discussion your own findings from independent reading; to give you the opportunity to spontaneously both raise questions and suggest possible answers; as well as provide important opportunities to ensure your preparedness for the assessment tasks and to structure and motivate your independent study.

Schedule directed student hours: 66
Unscheduled dir ected student hours:
Attendance recorded: Yes

Description of how self-directed learning hours may be used: Completing core and background reading and preparing for class and assignments.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 24


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 264


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
4 Position papers (COMM212 as it is the 30 credit module will have to 4 position papers while COMM213 the 15 credit module will only have to do 2 to reflect the difference between credits) There   2000- words    40       
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): Week 12  2500- words    60       

Recommended Texts

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