AMST40030 Media and US Foreign Policy

Academic Year 2020/2021

This course will focus on the roles of media in the making and representation of United States foreign policy. It introduces students to critical debates on the relationship between media, war and diplomacy and draws on scholarship from media studies and international affairs as well as primary media content. It covers a range of media, including print journalism, photojournalism, television, cinema, and the internet. Historical coverage moves from WWII to the current 'war on terror' and considers throughout the connections between military and media technologies

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: have gained knowledge of the relationship between US Foreign Policy and media production and representation; work with multidisciplinary sources and texts; develop skills of critical analysis and interpretation; develop skills of oral presentation and collective discussion; present individual research in an acceptable format.

Indicative Module Content:

Content includes:

Media coverage of the Vietnam war
Terrorism and Media
Gulf War and 24/7 News
US Foreign Policy and Social Media

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Seminar discussion based on assigned readings
All students will do a formal presentation

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Participation in in-class activities including individual and group presentations; debates; and other activities. The total number of unexcused absences will also affect this grade component." Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Presentation: Presentation Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Essay: 5000 words Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is provided both pre-and post-assessment

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 15:00 - 16:50