DA4832 Use and Power of Messaging, Stories, and Narratives in a Conflict Environments

The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the history, theory and practice of stories or narratives in conflict. This seminar will represent a systematic review of the role of stories and narratives in both the requirements and employment of terrorists, insurgents and jihadists. Stories and narratives have become a central component of the propaganda and persuasion techniques that different groups are using to great effect against the U.S. and its allies. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the concepts and uses of stories and narratives in a conflict environment. Students will also have a working knowledge of a variety historical case studies where narratives and stories have been critical factors in the campaigns of the conflict and how some of these dynamics have been countered (both successfully and not). Finally, students will have an understanding of what is required in order to successfully counter-insurgent and terrorist narratives. Prerequisites: None.

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  • Spring