- Department: History
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Hugo Service
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: C
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
Over the long twentieth century both warfare and reportage have expanded into global scales. This simultaneity was not altogether coincidental: advances in transportation and communication technologies allowed military campaigns previously limited to specific regions to cover the entire world in their expanse. Technological transformations also created the possibility of spreading information relatively quickly, and in new media, to an ever-expanding mass public. In this module, we will examine the relationship between military conflict and reportage in the long twentieth century, using examples starting from the Spanish-American War of 1898 through to recent and present-day conflicts of the 2000s with their cyber components. Our questions will include: What did the greater reach of war correspondents do to the way wars were being fought and perceived by those waging them? How did states and other agents of warfare seek to use or manipulate news media in order to further their interests? How did editorial choices define what conflicts societies should care about? What importance was put on freedom of speech and freedom of information? How did successive transformations in media technologies alter the situation? And what does all that mean to the way we understand military conflicts in the long twentieth century? We will also be thinking critically about how historians should treat news media as evidence. We will guide student groups in independent research projects, drawing on recent scholarship and utilising as primary evidence news media of all varieties - textual, visual, or audiovisual - accessed through databases, digital archives and other online resource sites.
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The aims of this module are:
Students who complete this module successfully will:
Students will attend a 1-hour briefing in week 1, 2-hour workshops in weeks 2-4, 7-8 and 11, and group tutorials in weeks 6 and 10. They will also participate in York Strengths online. Weeks 5 & 9 are Reading and Writing Weeks (RAW). Students prepare for and participate in six workshops and two group tutorials, and complete two reflective online exercises in all.
Workshop topics are subject to variation, but are likely to include the following:
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3,000 word essay
For formative assessment work, students submit a group project proposal in week 5 and participate in a group presentation in week 11.
For summative assessment, students submit a 3000-word essay as a group project in the assessment period.
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Individual Project and Reflection
Following their formative assessment tasks, students will receive feedback in their tutorial and in their workshop. This feedback may be supplemented by the tutor giving some oral feedback to the whole module group.
All students are encouraged, if they wish, to discuss the feedback during their tutor’s student hours. For more information, see the Statement on Feedback.
For summative assessment tasks, students will receive their provisional mark and written feedback within 25 working days of the submission deadline. The tutor will then be available during student hours for follow-up guidance if required. For more information, see the Statement of Assessment.
For semester-time reading, please refer to the module VLE site. Before the course starts, we encourage you to look at the following items of preliminary reading: