Irreconcilable Differences? The Representation of Geopolitical Conflict in Western and Arab News Media

ISA Meknes Study Center

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Irreconcilable Differences? The Representation of Geopolitical Conflict in Western and Arab News Media

  • Host University

    ISA Meknes Study Center

  • Location

    Meknes, Morocco

  • Area of Study

    African Studies, Communication, International Communications, International Studies, Journalism, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Moroccan Culture, Multicultural Studies, Peace and Conflict, Political Science, Radio/Television/Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    The course seeks to accomplish three major interlocking objectives: 
     

    1. Provide the student with a close view of the social, political and cultural contexts in the Arab region as they undergo far reaching transformations. One premise is that media not only reflects these changes, but helps speeding them up; not without creating a set of implications. 
       
    2. Recent media developments in the world, in particular in the Arab region, have unseated the Western media perspective from its historical position as the sole purveyor of news and “common sense”. Regional new perspectives, assisted as they are by favorable technological opportunities, are challenging established Western media centers and enriching (or problematizing) the global media space. Students will learn to integrate multiple viewpoints to better understand and interact with the global media environment. 
       
    3. Objective one and two will form the prerequisite condition for understanding some of the most central geopolitical and intercultural conflicts of our times. Through a detailed analysis of the media treatment of these conflicts and disputes, students will discover firsthand the “artificial” nature of media constructions, and at the same time, measure the potential for the media people and institutions to influence some of the dynamics of these conflicts. 
       

    For a full course syllabus, please email the ISA Meknes Site Specialist.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations