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ACM701 - Global Media and War

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Offering information:

Enrolment quotas apply to this unit

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:L Star




Incompatible with: AIR724
Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


An interdisciplinary enquiry into relationships between mediated representations of wars & conflicts and media audiences/prosumers, covering historical and contemporary examples. Independent counter-media, anti-war representations, and explanations of the psycho-social dynamics of audience interpretations feature. Using digital global information technologies, reports of war & suffering readily become infotechwars and commercial media spectacle. Struggles for diverse representations occur within contexts such as entertainment industry agendas, 24 hour global news cycles, politically 'spun' censored and controlled media, social media, digital protocols, and expectations engendered by visual popular culture. Topics include differences between propaganda & persuasion, militaries' uses of video war-games in training, information wars, surveillance, the CNN effect, post-9/11 terror media, compassion fatigue & amnesia, consumers' notions of credibility, authenticity, national and other identities. 

Weekly A/V viewing is mandatory. Required Readings and A/V materials are available online. Depending on individual seminar and research essay topics some recommended resources may need to be borrowed in hardcopy or as CDs from the Deakin library.


Campus located:

Seminar presentation (20%)

Essay 1500 words (30%)

Research Essay 2000 words (40%)

Seminar attendance and participation (10%)


Cloud (online):

Online Seminar presentation (20%)

Essay 1500 words (30%)

Research Essay 2000 words (40%)

Online participation in discussions (10%)

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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