Checking date: 20/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Information and conflict I: the media and violence
Bachelor in Journalism (Plan: 383 - Estudio: 212)

Coordinating teacher: MACIA BARBER, CARLOS

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
News Reporting Information Law in Interactive and Multimedia Context Newspaper Reporting Journalistic Information about Situations, Trends and Social Problems Courts Journalism Interpretative and Investigative Reporting Opinion Journalism Media Theory Spanish Language and the Media Theory and Analysis of the Audiovisual Documentary Radio Journalism Online Journalism Television Journalism
Preparation for treatment under the various journalistic genres, those topics of general public interest and relevance whose central axis are forms of violence and conflicts of a structural nature (terrorism, armed conflicts, racial conflicts, violence, social violence ...) in a given social context. Training for the analysis of conflict situations. Recognize the differences between explaining, interpreting and giving opinions to beyond the fact of which are reported to be situated within the context in which their meanings are recognized. The meaning is the big difference between appearance and reality, between the news story and the framework in which the story makes sense. Learn to develop their own stories of committed journalism not only the veracity of the facts about which reports, but with the search of the web of meanings that often hinder access to the source, the core, the essence that gives sense of the fact; origin without which its effects are blurred, diluted as mere noise and spread information without interruption.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Conflict as a criterion of journalism 1.1. Conflict, aggressiveness, violence 1.2. Storytelling and interpretation of violence 2. Journalistic principles in situations of violence 2.1. Journalistic ethics and deontology: regulations, codes, recommendations, style guides 2.2. The perspective of citizenship: characteristics and positioning of social demand 2.3. The use of journalistic genres: trends and consequences 2.4. Practice in the media: titling, style, language, images and sources 3. Journalistic coverage and violence 3.1. The terrorism 3.2. War and armed clashes 3.3. ethnic and racial conflicts 3.4. Domestic and gender violence 3.5. Street violence: youth violence, school violence, violence and sport Violence and Media. Ethics and journalistic deontology Reporting on: - War and Conflict - War and Conflict II - Terrorism - War on Terror - Immigration - Drugs - Gender Violence - Violence against children - Violence and historic memory - Hate speech
Learning activities and methodology
The course is based on continuous assessment. Students will be evaluated through practical exercises and weekly analysis and development of journalistic messages and reporting on violence. Assessment will focus on: - Practical exercises and weekly work (60%) Research on media coverage of particular cases covered by media on the subject of study and the students┬┤development of journalistic messages within the covered fields. A minimum of 80% of the practical exercises will be required. Exercises submitted after the deadline will not be taken into account, unless properly justified. - Final exam (40%) The test will consist of an analysis of the coverage of violence within the fields seen in class.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • BOYLE, K.. Media and Violence. Gendering the Debates.. Londres, SAGE.. 2005
  • LYNCH, J. & McGOLDRICK, A.. Peace journalism. Stroud: Hawthorn Press. 2005
  • NOHRSTEDT, Stig A. y OTTOSEN, Rune. New wars, new media and new war journalism. Göteborg, Nordicom 2014
  • PAPPÉ, I.. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine. One World. 2007
  • VIDAL, M.A.; CLEMENTE, M. y ESPINOSA, P.. Types of media violence and degree of acceptance. Aggressive Behavior, 29 (5),: 381-392. 2003, October
  • YASSIN-KASSAB, R. y AL-SHAMI, L.. Burning country. Syrians in revolution and war. Pluto Press. 2016
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • ARENDT, H.. On Violence. New York: Harvest Book Harcourt. 2014
  • CARLSSON, U.. Media and Violence in Society: Attitudes Toward Media Violence and Protective Measures in Sweden.. Nordicom, Goteborg.. 2002
  • PETLEY, J.. Media and Public Shaming. I. B. Tauris. 2013
  • SONTAG, S.. Regarding the Pain of Others. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 2003
  • VV.AA.. A violência nos meios de comunicação social.. Lisboa: Alta autoridade para a comunicação social.. 2005
  • YASSIN-KASSAB, R. y AL-SHAMI, L.. Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution. Pluto Press, Londres. 2016
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.