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Genopslag (deadline 7. august 2020) Information as an instrument of power - Information and propaganda in modern war and conflicts


Information as an instrument of power 

Genopslag (deadline 7. august 2020) Information as an instrument of power - Information and propaganda in modern war and conflicts  

Objective of the module
The course explores the effects through the use of information as an instrument of power in modern war and conflicts. The student will be able to analyse and assess the dynamics of a war or conflict and the associated information environment, in order to identify and execute information activities, whilst being cognizant of the possible effects in the strategic environment.

Through a broad insight into communication in modern international conflicts and military operations the student will achieve the methodological and analytical skills to address particular questions and issues within the information domain.

Students admitted to the MMS program and qualified single module applicants. MMS students will have priority, but qualified single module students can participate.

Learning objectives
When having passed the course, the student will possess knowledge, skills and competences as listed below:

• Have knowledge about information as an instrument of power including the main disciplines within the information domain in military operations.
• Have knowledge about the role of media, incl. social media, in modern war and conflict.

• Analyse the information environment and its implications of military operations, incl. assessing the applicability and limitations of information activities.
• Analyse and discuss other actor’s information activities and propaganda products, incl. reflect on target audience(s).

After the course the student is able to:
• Independently be able to critique, reflect on and discuss questions and issues related to the general use of information in conflict and war.
• Develop independent assessments of the information environment and information activities in a specific conflict or war.

The course is time wisely divided into first an online part and finally a presence module (five days) during which we will work with the following themes:

Information as an instrument of power: General communications theory, propaganda history, the characteristics of the global information environment.

Information in a military context: Strategic communication, public affairs and information operations, information as a joint function, related military disciplines.

Information Warfare in peacetime: Modern propaganda, fake news, social media, hybrid threats, countermeasures.

All themes will be supported by case studies, discussions of contemporary issues in regards to the use of communication in modern war and conflicts. 

Teaching approach:
The course is based on the presence module combined with pre-hand asynchronic learning i.e., individual study, online discussions and one minor written assignment as a pre-condition for exam participation.  

The course will be conducted in Danish. Most literature and some lectures will be in English.

Type: Individual written exam paper (10 pages of 2.400 characters incl. spaces – plus/minus 10 %).
Language: Danish or English.
Pre-condition: One two pages assignment handed in.
Graduation: The Danish seven-step scale (based on and equivalent to the ECTS-graduation system).
Censorship: External.

Other remarks:
The online part of the course begins in week 37. The presence module is taking place in week 45 (Monday to Friday) at Vordingborg Kaserne.
Sidst opdateret 21-07-2020 - kl. 13:28

Date of release

May 2020


Students attending MMS and other qualified students for this level of education and with a security clear-ance to NATO Restricted (DNK TTJ).

Education level

Level 7 ind accordance with the Danish Framework for Lifelong  Learning.


5 ECTS-point


12 weeks - part time study.


Apply before
07 August 2020.

Signing up

According to ordinary procedure for the MMS FLEX courses. 


External students: 7.000 DKK.

Educational institution

Royal Danish Defence College
Ryvangs allé 1
2100 København Ø

Course director

SPKONS Jeanette Ser-ritzlev, IMO

Student advisor

MJ Allan Therkelsen
E-mail: alth@fak.dk

Admin Office

Royal Danish Defence College
KTFM Sascha Hedberg
Tlf: 7281 7082



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