AMST40490 New Media New Conflicts

Academic Year 2020/2021

New Conflicts, New Media: An Academic/Professional Approach will introduce postgraduate students to the New Conflict/New Media environment of the 21st century, developing both academic and professional skills for a cutting-edge approach to publication and engagement. Students will consider the changing nature of conflict --- political, economic, and ideological as well as military to evaluate notions such as engagement and intervention in the context of geopolitics, rights, and governance.

Students will be trained in the use of sources and in writing to produce analysis with immediacy for a general as well as a scholarly audience. They will also be introduced to multi-media coverage and presentation, for example, through audio-visual sources and output. The course will be complemented with the opportunity to write for a high-profile website specializing in coverage and analysis of international and intra-national conflict.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students will be enabled to:

Critically evaluate the interaction between politics and media in the context of international developments, changing media technologies, and political strategies from the 20th century to the present;

Critically evaluate the response by Governments, States, agencies, and other “actors” to the place of media in political, economic, and social affairs;

Critically assess the use of electronic, audio-visual, and print sources in collection and critique of information for academic-based publication for a mass audience;

Use academic critique and skills training for the writing and dissemination of analysis for both specialist and general audiences.

Indicative Module Content:

Specific case studies will include Iran, Syria, the wider Middle East, Russia/Ukraine, and the US.

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


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Seminar discussions will be based on assigned reading

A number of sessions will include virtual discussions with Prof Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham)

Teaching will be supported by an on-line discussion board. 
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
Essay: Up to 4000 words, with list of topics provided by tutor Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Article up to 2000 words for electronic news & analysis Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Source Evaluation Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer 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 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.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Fri 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Fri 12:00 - 12:50