Free Online Course on Global Media, War, and Technology

The University of Queensland (UQ) is offering free online course on Global Media, War, and Technology. This course is taught through a number of conventional and unconventional forms of learning methods and activities.

The overall objective of this course is to explore the intersection of information technology, violent conflict, and resistance. The course will start on July 4, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 7 weeks
Effort: 2-4 hours pw
Subject: Social Sciences
Institution: University of Queensland (UQ) and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on July 4, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions. Striving for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge UQ ranks in the top 50 Universities as measured by the QS World University Rankings. UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21 and a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities. UQ is recognised for its world standard specialised research and teaching excellence; having won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other in the country.

About This Course

The experience of war has changed fundamentally – not only for those fighting and reporting, but also for those on the home front. High-tech nations wage wars from a distance using satellite-guided weaponry while non-state military actors, terrorist organizations, and citizen journalists have increasingly added new voices and visual perspectives to the conversation about conflict.

The ubiquity of smartphones, internet access, and social media transports the experience and complexity of war directly into our lives. Cyberspace offers greater freedoms and access to information at the same time as we discover a dramatic global rise of cyber espionage, internet censorship, and surveillance.

Why Take This Course?

In this course, University map this emerging new terrain where violent conflict, information technology, and global media intersect and where the old distinctions between battlefront and home front, between soldier and civilian, between war and entertainment, and between public and private are being redrawn.

Learning Outcomes

  • The history and evolution of global media technology as it relates to conflict
  • The major themes and trends of global media in times of war
  • Application of the history and major themes of global media to current issues
  • Skills to be a critical media consumer


Sebastian Kaempf

Dr Sebastian Kaempf is Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland (Australia).

Roland Bleiker

Professor Roland Bleiker teaches across international relations, peace studies and political theory.

Emma Hutchison

Emma Hutchison is a UQ Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia.



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