Media and Political Violence in the 21st century: from managing perception to stopping revolution (888M9S)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module provides you with an understanding of the role of contemporary media in dynamically shaping the nature and experiences of political violence and war. Media here refers not only to formal broadcast media but also to the multitude of techniques, technologies and practices through which discourse and interaction is mediated online and through social media.

The module enables you to develop critical thinking on the relationship between different modes of media representation, consumption and experience. It will also shape contemporary in(securities) around different forms of political violence including terrorism, the conduct and outcomes of warfare, and in the legitimization or otherwise of political discourses of violence.

You will develop interdisciplinary modes of analysis and understanding of a range of interconnected themes including:

  • radical war
  • images
  • radicalization
  • revolution
  • riots
  • memorialization
  • trolls
  • algorithms.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: