This course introduces understandings of communication and communication strategies in the area of Communication for Development to students, and provides an opportunity for the in-depth analysis of the discourse and practice of 'ComDev'. It is divided into two modules; ‘Communication and Development Cooperation’ (7.5 credits) and ‘Culture and Media Analysis’ (7.5 credits). The modules are connected in the sense that the first module focuses on the organizational and strategic level (focus on a range of communication for development organizational setups and discourses and how they are linked) while the second entails an in-depth analysis of selected media texts and/or practices. The aim of the first module is to investigate how communication strategies as applied by organizations operating in different scales relate to the wider landscape of development cooperation. The students will be examining communication strategies in organisations, networks or/and partnerships working with development/social change. The second module focuses on analytical approaches to media/texts as practices and examples of communication for development/social change. The module combines questions of identity and representation into an in-depth analysis of selected media texts in their cultural and historical environment and in a context of social change and development processes First half of the semester:
Communication and Development Cooperation (7.5 credits)
teachers •Oscar Hemer (OH, responsible for the module, online guidance and examination) •Anders Høg Hansen (AHH, online guidance, examination) •Florencia Enghel (FE, examination) •Bojana Romic (BR, online guidance, examination) •Hugo Boothby (HB, online guidance, group work coordination, examination) •Mikael Rundberg (MR, web assistance)
Time line •21 January, 12 AM GMT Online Course Introduction (Live Lecture) •8 - 9 February: Seminar 1 •11 March: Deadline for submission of assignment 1:1 •1 April: Deadline for submission of assignment 1:2 •5 - 6 April: Seminar 2 •9 April (8 AM – 3 PM GMT) Online Group presentations and peer reviews •17 April Re-exam deadline assignment 1:1 (Organization study - Individual) •8 May Re-exam deadline assignment 1:2 (Organization study - Group) Second half of the semester: Culture and Media Analysis (7.5 credits) Staff teachers •Oscar Hemer (OH, responsible for the module, examination) •Bojana Romic (BR, online guidance and examination) •Jakob Dittmar (JD, online guidance and examination) •Berndt Clavier (BC, online guidance, examination) •Hugo Boothby (HB, online guidance, group work coordinator) •Mikael Rundberg (MR, web assistance) Time line •5 - 6 April: Seminar 2 •22 May: Deadline for submission of assignment 2 •27 May: Deadline for submission of peer review •30 May – 1 June- Examination Seminar (jointly with Research Methodology and Degree Project) Online seminars to be added. More information to be given at Seminar 2
General outline & key questions - Communication and Development Cooperation The aim of this module is to understand and analyse the relationship between development cooperation and the strategic use of communication for development. You will identify and examine the communication discourses, policies and strategies of organisations, networks and/or partnerships working with development and/or social change.
Communication and Development Cooperation will focus on core development players and their communication for development discourses, policies and strategies. In other words, this module will address the relationship between development cooperation agents (i.e., bilateral and multilateral agencies) and their communication for development positioning and work. Additionally, the module will introduce students to the work of the growing constellation of global NGOs (e.g. Plan International, Doctors without Borders),...