MA in Journalism and Media Studies - Development Communication Specialisation
Students doing our MA can specialise in Development Communication. This will include the Masters-level course in Development Communication and a Research Report in this field. Candidates will also need to do our core Masters course, Media and Society, and one other course of their choice.
The aim of this MA course in Development Communication is to offer an essential overview and introduction to the theory and practice of development communication. This course does not take one perspective on what “development communication” is, but rather considers a range of communication practices that fall within the ambit of what we might consider development media. It offers a critical account of communication in the development context, and challenges assumptions and approaches, including notions and structures that support the idea and practice of development itself.
The objective of this course is to:
• Interrogate the idea of development communications: What is “development”? What is development communications in theory? What is it in practice?
• Expose students to the different theoretical and practical components of development communications
• Encourage a critical reading of development communication generally
• Offer an opportunity for students, practicing journalists and other professionals to explore alternative media practices and spaces that can be professionally pursued
The 14 week course consists of 14 two-hour sessions, and is run in the second half of the academic year. Course Convenor: Alan Finlay