CONF 534 Media in Conflict Resolution
Events, characters, images and stories we see everyday in the media shape our perceptions and values. Moreover, the way the media presents such issues as cultural diversity/clash, conflicts and wars have a powerful and long-lasting effects in societies and the way the conflict and peace are structured. This course will critically examine the representations of conflict in the media to determine whether such representations are an accurate or distorted reflection of reality; study the effects (if any) of such representations on the public to provide the students with a critical understanding of the role of media in shaping society and social norms. The scope of this course includes how media creates stereotypes leading cultural intensity, how it reflects times of conflicts and wars (with an emphasis on embedded journalism), how media's presentation of reality affects peace process and post-conflict phase.