Online Course - Media, Peace and Conflict: Reflections on Roles and Functions of the Media

Publish Date: Apr 18, 2016

Media, Peace and Conflict: Reflections on Roles and Functions of the Media

3 credits / 9 weeks weeks
18 Apr 2016 - 17 Jun 2016

Professor Karim Mohamed Ahmed El Mantawi

The course discusses the complex role and functions played by the media, both traditional and new - and the problems they face in conflict situations, whether before, during, or after the actual conflict. It also addresses the conflicting agendas and relationships that often occur among media and governments, the military, other armed players and NGOs, international agencies, and humanitarian organizations in these circumstances. The course provides a broad understanding of the history of media in conflict and war situations, and draws the distinction between information and propaganda while explaining the ways in which media work and produce information, and discusses the different roles and functions they actually play - and the possible ones they could play.

The course is intended as a general introduction to these topics. It draws lessons from contemporary experience, with an emphasis on new media, social networks, and the role they have played in revolutions and contentious politics against authoritarian regimes in recent years. How do new media and the concept of Web 2.0 affect the relationships between traditional media, audiences, and various State and non-state actors? Do social media reinforce narratives of war, conflict, and extremism or are they a force for peaceful conflict transformation?

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