Media, Globalization and Development

Summary

This course establishes the global perspective and supplies the general theoretical outlines, related to the four concepts Globalization, Communication, Culture, and Development.

Admission requirements

1. Degree of Bachelor or equivalent.
2. The equivalent of English course B in Swedish secondary school.

This course is offered as part of program:

Syllabus

Syllabus for students autumn 2020

Course Code:
KK620C revision 6.1
Level of specialisation
A1N
Main fields of study:
Communication for Development
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
10 June 2020
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
10 June 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
15 May 2018

Entry requirements

1. Degree of Bachelor or equivalent.
2. The equivalent of English course B in Swedish secondary school.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

Compulsory course for the Master Degree in Communication for Development.

Purpose

This course establishes the global perspective and supplies the general theoretical outlines, related to the four key concepts Globalization, Communication, Development and Postcolonialism

Contents

This course establishes the global perspective and supplies the general theoretical outlines, related to the four key concepts Globalization, Communication, , Development and Postcolonialism. It is divided in two modules, ‘Globalization and Communication’ (7.5 credits) and ‘Development and Postcolonialism’ (7.5 credits).
The first module gives a broad introduction to globalization debates in relation to questions of communication, media and social change, stressing the cultural rather than political and economic aspects. The sequel module gives a similar introduction to Development theory, with emphasis on postcolonial writing and theory’s role in cultural approaches to development. Special attention ispaid to the journalistic and literary depiction of a postcolonial and emerging globalized world, and especially the global South.

Learning outcomes

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:

  • A broad understanding of globalization processes with specific attention to communication, culture and media in the context of global and local change.
  • A deepened understanding of the relationship between culture, development and identity, with special regard to identity politics,
  • A broad knowledge of current trends in the global media industry, with focus on transnational communications and public spheres
  • A knowledge of postcolonial theory and writing and development theories with an emphasis on the tension between development aid, poverty reduction, cultural conditions and policies for development and social change.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:
  • The ability to critically assess the role of media, culture and communication in the globalization process,
  • The ability to analyze media and cultural texts or communication products and their role in, or connection to, ideas and processes of development,
  • The capacity to work in a group with participants from different cultural backgrounds, to interact online, and accordingly to critically reflect upon the different learning activities of the programme and his/her own background and position.
CRITICAL SKILLS AND APPROACH
After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:
  • The ability to critically reflect upon the relationship between globalization, culture, communication and development,
  • That he/she is equipped to critically analyse development theories in a historical perspective,
  • The ability to critically assess relations between development, colonialism, modernization and globalization,
  • An engagement in critical discussion on the value and role of globalization for an analysis of culture.

Learning activities

The course is given as distance learning, with two week-end seminars at Malmö University or other venue, a range of online lectures, as well as online guidance. A collaborative pedagogy is applied, based on the productive use of group dynamics through peer reviewing and other forms of interactive communication on the Internet. The seminars at Malmö University (or other venue) are compulsory, either by participation online or physically at the venue/in person where the seminar takes place. The seminars are broadcast via streaming video and can be followed online by those international students who are not able to attend in person.

Assessments

Assessment is carried out in three different assignments.
The first module (7.5 credits) is examined through a combination of collaborative group work, individual paper writing, and peer review. The second module (7.5 credits) is examined through an individually written assignment and a home-exam.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Module 1. Globalization and Communication:

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2014). Globalization: The Key Concepts, 2nd and Revised Edition. New York: Bloomsbury. (2007 edition available as Ebook)

Tufte, Thomas (2017) Communication and Social Change: A Citizen Perspective. Cambridge Polity.

Thematic literature in the form of articles and selections from anthologies to be added

Module 2.Development and Postcolonialism:
McEwan, Cheryl (2019). Postcolonialism, Decoloniality and Development. London: Routledge.

Pieterse, Jan Nederveen (2017) Multipolar Globalization: Emerging Economies and Development.

Further academic articles to be added. In addition, a range of literary, documentary and journalistic readings/depictions will be offered as essay options.

Course evaluation

An anonymous electronic course evaluation is made immediately after the end of the course. Oral evaluations of the first module and the two seminars are made as part of the seminars. The electronic evaluation is accessible for all students.

Other Information

Access to computer with Internet connection (broadband) is required.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,

Application

31 August 2020 - 17 January 2021 50% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 31000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 31000 SEK