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Spring 2022 Advanced Programs - Advanced Programs Face to Face or Virtual - Communication

[COMM 6970] Seminar in Communication - 221

Jill Edy

Course Description

Seminar in Communication: War, Peace and Media

This course will consider how media in a democratic society represent violent conflict and peace processes. We will discuss the role media play in various phases of conflict, the practices that shape media representations of war and peace, and various approaches to analyzing media representations of conflict. We will also consider the social impacts of media coverage of war on both public opinion and political decision-making. Finally, we will consider the public legacy of wars as they are remembered by nations and communities.

Class Dates, Format, Location and Hours

DatesMarch 1-6, 2022
FormatFace to Face
Location for on-site coursesWiesbaden Education Center, Bldg. 1023 East, Basement Room 04, Clay Kaserne, 65205, Germany
HoursTuesday - Friday 6:00-9:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m CET
Last day to enroll or drop without penaltyJanuary 31, 2022

Site Director

NameMs. Nicole Sewell & Mr. Wade Jackson
Office address/locationWiesbaden Education Center, Bldg. 1023 East, Basement Room 011, Clay Kaserne, 65205, Germany
Office hoursMonday- 0800 - 1500 
Tuesday- Friday- 0800 – 1600
DSN and CIV phoneDSN: 548-1309  or  CIV: 49-(0)611-143-548-1309

Professor Contact Information

Course Professor:Jill A. Edy
Mailing Address:Burton Hall, 610 Elm Ave., Norman, OK 73019
Telephone Number:405-325-5051
Fax Number:405-325-7625
Professor availability:The professor will be available via email to students before and after the class sessions. On-site office hours are half an hour before and after each class session, by appointment.

Textbook(s) and Instructional Materials

Student materials are available at the OU Bookstore Website at The website has book selling, renting, buying, returning, and order tracking capabilities. If you need help with an order, or if you have any questions contact the toll-free phone at 1-(855)-790-6637, agents are available from 9a – 5p (EST) Monday – Friday. Text prices are available online.

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The Media at War
The Media at War
by Carruthers, Susan L.
Published by Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230244573
Beyond the Front Lines How the News Media Cover a World Shaped by War
Beyond the Front Lines How the News Media Cover a World Shaped by War
by Philip Seib
Published by Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781403972088

Course Objectives

·        Be aware of the information needs of democratic publics about war as both policy and action.

·        Understand why news media cover war in the ways that they do.

·        Recognize the tensions between governments and media in the context of international conflict.

·        Appreciate the ways media coverage can contribute to both war and peace-making.

·        Know about how war is remembered by nations and citizens.

Course Outline

The course will consist of lectures and discussion of texts and other materials provided by the professor. Major topics to be addressed include:

  • War and democratic processes
  • Public opinion and war
  • Journalistic coverage of war
  • Visual representations of war
  • Public diplomacy
  • Peace journalism
  • War and memory

Assignments, Grading and Due Dates

Research Project due March 23, 2022


This is a letter-graded course: A, B, C, D, or F.

Notice: Failure to meet assignment due dates could result in a grade of I (Incomplete) and may adversely impact Tuition Assistance and/or Financial Aid.

AssignmentDue DatePercent of grade (OPTION A)Percent of grade (OPTION B)
Research paperFirst day of class250
PresentationSaturday, March 5 (afternoon)100
ParticipationDuring class sessions1515
Final ExamSunday, March 6 (morning)5045
Research ProjectMarch 23, 2022040


Attendance/Grade Policy

Attendance and participation in interaction, individual assignments, group exercises, simulations, role playing, etc. are valuable aspects of any course because much of the learning comes from discussions in class with other students. It is expected that you attend all classes and be on time except for excused emergencies.

Excused absences are given for professor mandated activities or legally required activities such as emergencies or military assignments. It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays. Unavoidable personal emergencies, including (but not limited to) serious illness; delays in getting to class because of accidents, etc.; deaths and funerals, and hazardous road conditions will be excused.

If you are obtaining financial assistance (TA, STAP, FA, VA, Scholarship, etc.) to pay all or part of your tuition cost, you must follow your funding agency/institution’s policy regarding “I” (Incomplete) grades unless the timeline is longer than what the University policy allows then you must adhere to the University policy. Students who receive Financial Aid must resolve/complete any “I” (Incomplete) grades by the end of the term or he/she may be placed on “financial aid probation.” If the “I” grade is not resolved/completed by the end of the following term, the student’s Financial Aid may be suspended make the student ineligible for further Financial Aid.

Students are responsible for meeting the guidelines of Tuition Assistance and Veterans Assistance. See the education counselor at your local education center for a complete description of your TA or VA requirements.

OU faculty will submit grades online through ONE not later than 30 days after the course end date. Course end dates are approximately one calendar month after the final seminar date on this syllabus and are provided on the official scheduling website for reference.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct 

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. Academic assignments exist to help students learn; grades exist to show how fully this goal is attained. Therefore all work and all grades should result from the student's own understanding and effort.

Academic misconduct is any act which improperly affects the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or achievement. Misconduct occurs when the student either knows or reasonably should know that the act constitutes misconduct. Academic misconduct includes: cheating and using unauthorized materials on examinations and other assignments; improper collaboration, submitting the same assignment for different classes (self-plagiarism); fabrication, forgery, alteration of documents, lying, etc…in order to obtain an academic advantage; assisting others in academic misconduct; attempting to commit academic misconduct; destruction of property, hacking, etc…; intimidation and interference with integrity process; and plagiarism. All students should review the Student’s Guide to Academic Integrity at 

Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. All students should review policies regarding student conduct at 

Accommodation Statement

The University of Oklahoma is committed to making its activities as accessible as possible. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact your local OU Site Director.

Adjustment for Pregnancy/Childbirth-Related Issues

Should you need modifications or adjustments to your course requirements because of documented pregnancy-related or childbirth-related issues, please contact the professor as soon as possible to discuss. Generally, modifications will be made where medically necessary and similar in scope to accommodations based on temporary disability. Please see

Title IX Resources

For any concerns regarding gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, or intimate partner violence, the University offers a variety of resources, including advocates on-call 24/7, counseling services, mutual no-contact orders, scheduling adjustments, and disciplinary sanctions against the perpetrator. Please contact the Sexual Misconduct Office at or (405) 325-2215 (8-5), or the Sexual Assault Response Team at (405) 615 -0013 (24/7) to report an incident. To learn more about Title IX, please visit the Institutional Equity Office’s website at 

Course Policies

Extended Campus (also and formerly known as Advanced Programs) policy is to order books in paperback if available. Courses, dates, and professors are subject to change. Please check with your OU Site Director. Students should retain a copy of any assignments that are e/mailed to the professor for the course. Neither duplicating services nor office supplies are provided.

Any and all course materials, syllabus, lessons, lectures, etc. are the property of professor teaching the course and the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma and are protected under applicable copyright.

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Statement on Respect

The classroom should provide a safe learning environment where students can express their views without fear of reprisal. That freedom of expression must be balanced by demonstrated respect for other’s viewpoints and appropriate and reasonable sensitivity, especially within the context of scholarly disagreement.  Disrespectful or uncivil dialogue (including, but not limited to, personal attacks, insults, or harassment) will not be tolerated.

Recording Devices/Phones/Computers

It is important for students to be fully present during class to fully benefit from lectures, discussions, and experiential assignments. Class sessions may not be tape-recorded. All telephones and pagers should be turned off or placed on silent mode. Computers may not be used during class. Students who require an exception to this policy should discuss exceptional circumstances with the professor.


Jill A. Edy, Ph.D.


·        1998   Ph.D., Communication Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

·        1990   M.A., Mass Communications, University of Leicester, Leicester, England

·        1988   B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Special Honors, Political Communication, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Current Positions

·        Advanced Programs Professor since 2003

·        Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma

Frequently Taught Advanced Programs Courses

·        COMM 6383   Seminar in Political Communication

·        COMM 6970   War, Peace, and Media

·        COMM 5013   Introduction to Graduate Study

Major Areas of Teaching and Research Interest

·        Political Communication

·        Public Opinion

·        Journalism

·        Collective Memory

Representative Publications and Presentations

·        Edy, J. A. (2006). Troubled Pasts: News and the Collective Memory of Social Unrest. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 

·        Edy, J.A. & Meirick, P.C. (2019). A Nation Fragmented: The Public Agenda in the Information Age. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

·        Edy, J. A. and Meirick, P. (2007). “Wanted, Dead or Alive: Media Frames, Frame Adoption, and Support for the War in Afghanistan,” Journal of Communication, 57(1), 119-141.

·        Adams, T. & Edy, J.A. (2021). “How the past becomes the past: The temporal positioning of collective memory.” The British Journal of Sociology.

·        Edy, J. A. and Snidow, S. M. (2011) “Making News Necessary: How Journalism Resists Alternative Media’s Challenge,” Journal of Communication, 61: 816-834.

·        Edy, J. A. and Daradanova, M. (2006). “Reporting through the Lens of the Past: From Challenger to Columbia,” Journalism, 7, 131-151.

Major Professional Affiliations

·        International Communication Association

·        American Political Science Association

·        National Communication Association

·        Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Representative Honors and Awards

·        Nominee, Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award, Political Communication Division, American Political Science Association, 2000

·        Top Three Faculty Paper, Mass Communication Theory and Society Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Kansas City, MO, 1993

·        Outstanding Dissertation Award, Northwestern University, 1999

·        Northwestern University Graduate Student Fellow, 1991-1992

·        Rotary International Scholar, 1988-1989

·        Phi Beta Kappa, 1988, The George Washington University