Courses Catalogue

Media And Conflict

COURSE CODE: MCO 3207
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Bachelor of arts in mass communication
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

Introducing media and conflict theories: 

  • Theoretical perspectives, 
  • The four theories of the press and normative theories,
  • Agenda setting.

The principles and practice of democracy: 

The roles of news media in democracy:

  • the monitorial role, 
  • the radical role,
  •  collaborative role and, 
  •  the facilitative role

Media and democratization in Africa: 

  • Media in civic socialisation in Africa,
  • Media diversity and pluralism,
  • the role of media in the legitimacy of authoritative political decision-making

Media as major foreign policy instruments: 

  • Public diplomacy, 
  • Media diplomacy, 
  • Media-broker diplomacy

The Core-periphery structure of international media: 

The ‘CNN Effect ‘and the globalization of electronic journalism

International media coverage of African conflicts and conflicts in Africa.

Community radio broadcasting as participatory method in peacebuilding:

TEACHING - LEARNING METHODS

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Documentaries

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes