Module Identifier IPM3530  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Susan Carruthers  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Seminar   1 x two hour seminar per week over one semester  
Assessment Exam   3 Hours   50%  
  Essay   2 x 2,000 word essays - 25% each   50%  

This module will study and evaluate some of the roles performed by the media in twentieth century international politics. The module combines theoretical and empirical approaches, seeking to explore, primarily, the concept of "propaganda". The module seeks to develop an understanding of propaganda - and of certain forms of international communication more broadly - through analysis of a number of case studies. Chronologically, these span from World War One to the post-Gulf War conflicts in Rwanda, Somalia and elsewhere. Although a number of wars are highlighted (including both World Wars, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf War of 1991), the module also examines the communicative and propaganda dimensions of the Cold War. Amongst other thematic considerations, the module thus enables students to consider how far "totalitarian" states have differed from democracies in their propaganda practices.

In addition to conventional academic and scholary sources, the module involves the use of films, official documents, and other relevant materials.

By the end of the module, students should: