Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJournalism
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Fay Anderson


Previously coded JCS2613


This unit provides students with a critical engagement with contemporary scholarship on the reporting of war and civil and international conflict. The subject explores the reporting of wars and civil conflicts including the World Wars, Vietnam, conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, Rwanda and Somalia, East Timor, Bosnia, post 9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Arab Spring, Within these contexts, the subject considers the rich history of war journalism (print, photography, broadcasting and more recently online), the evolution of the industry, censorship, the extent of media influence, how the media shape public perceptions, the prevailing representations, photography and the new media. It canvasses key theoretical concepts related to war coverage including 'othering', compassion fatigue, peace journalism, global journalism, liberation journalism, the Vietnam syndrome and the CNN effect. This subject requires a strong interest in news and current affairs along with a thoughtful and flexible approach to some of the key issues raised by media coverage of war and conflict.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to

  1. demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge and capacity to make effective usage of the academic literature in the field of journalism about war and violent conflict.
  2. demonstrate an ability to research, discuss and analyse scholarly issues in a clear, concise and rigorous way
  3. collaborate constructively with fellow students in learning and discussion processes, including online forums
  4. produce their written work to deadline making effective use of the conventions of scholarly presentation (references, bibliography, etc)
  5. work independently and in groups to achieve their learning outcomes
  6. demonstrate a critical awareness of the strengths, limitations and socio-professional implications of scholarly practice in journalism studies


Minor project (1000 words): 20%
In-class presentation and essay (1000 words): 25%
Major Project (2500 words): 55%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study