15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Civil wars are the deadliest form of conflict in the contemporary world. In the 1990s 90% of those killed in wars were civilians (Paris 2004). Currently, 43-50% of post-civil war societies return to war within five years. No matter what the causes (economic, political, social, ethnic) of a civil war ultimately violence occurs when there is a breakdown of communication. Without a communicative basis it is impossible to (re-)build civil society and achieve self-sustainable peace. This module analyses the communicative architecture of peace and explores how it can be re-build through hybrid communication. By hybrid is meant communication that spans across both representational (verbal) and non-representational (non-verbal) communication and reflects the range of means of communication within societies. Students will engage with the role and importance of communication for civil society and peacebuilding.

Restrictions on availability: Yes the module is restricted to MA Global Journalism and MA IPPC students in the Department of Journalism Studies.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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