Communication for Development and Social Change (COMM8188)

30 (0.25 EFTS)
This course explores the development, theory and praxis of communication for social change (CSC). It introduces students to the traditions of employing CSC, the issues that demand alternative approaches to social change, the factors that influence theory and practice, the organization of CSC and in-depth case studies analysis.
Pre-requisites / Co-requisites: 
Students must be admitted to the Master of International Communication programme or the Postgraduate Diploma in International Communication programme to enrol in this course.
Topics include: 

1. The Theory of CFSC (Diffusion Approach, Network development, ICTs for development, Social Marketing, Edutainment, Health Communication, Social mobilization, Information, Education and Communication, HIV/AIDS communication approaches);
2. Structures and Issues (poverty, food, health, gender, human rights and access to knowledge/ information inequalities)
3. Social Change Communication (voice/access/ participation and dialogue, the performance of social change and social movements)
4. Organizing CFSC (empowerment, participation, resources and mobilization, activism, political actors, networks)
5. Participation, Social Capital, Community Networks and Social Change
6. ICTs and Community Development
7. Media, globalization and social change;
8. In depth Case Studies analysis
Choose your class for this course from the option(s) below. You will need to attend all the sessions in that class to complete the course. Where more than one class number is shown, choose one of them and attend all sessions within that class number. (Note: If a class is held in different locations at the same time, you only need to attend all the sessions in one of the locations.)
There are no classes on public holidays.
Note: Currently, this course is not offered for any programme.

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