New Media, ICT and Development

Course - second cycle - 7.5 credits

Syllabus for students autumn 2014, spring 2014

Course Code:
KK622C revision 2
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Communication for Development
Date of establishment:
09 February 2012
Date of ratification:
15 June 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
20 January 2014
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
24 February 2012

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

The course is an elective part of the Communication for Development Master Program.

Entry requirements

1. Degree of Bachelor or equivalent.

2. The equivalent of English course B in Swedish secondary school.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:

  • a deepened understanding of the role of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Globalization, and the significance of the digital revolution in a global perspective, with special regard to governance and civic participation,
  • a specific knowledge of the potential for ‘informatization’ as a development strategy, and for using ICTs (information and communication technologies) in international development cooperation, and
  • demonstrate an understanding of how new media and ICTs are analysed and theorised in media and communication studies.

After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:
  • the ability to do advanced information retrieval on the Internet,
  • the ability to critically review literature on new media and social change,
  • the ability to present his/her academic work in written, oral and some other relevant form.

After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:
  • a critical understanding of media literacy,
  • the ability to problematise the impact of new media and ICTs, and
  • the ability to critically reflect upon the role of ICT and new media in specific development/social change contexts, with societal, cultural and ethical aspects taken into consideration.


Assessment is carried out in two integrated written assignments. One carried out in pairs, the other individually. Collaborative group work and peer-review form part of the assessment.

Course content

This course addresses the diverse scholarship surrounding Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The exercise here is to problemize the impact of ICTs in shaping the strategic dream of equitable and sustainable access to empower the marginalised. The course proposes the application of new media literature to study the shaping of and through ICTs. Information systems, organisation systems, the techno social body, and digital social movements are some of the phenomena studied. It is expected that the student gain a rich vocabulary with which to discuss the changes in the field.

Learning activities

The course is given as distance learning with two week-end seminars. 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 are compulsory. They are broadcast via streaming video and can be followed online by those international students who are not able to attend in person.

Grading system

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

Course literature and other teaching materials

Cammaerts, B. and Carpentier, N. (eds) (2007) Reclaiming the media: communication rights and democratic media roles. Intellect: Bristol, UK. (An up-to-date coverage on media, democracy and civil rights. Chapter 9: Activism and the Media, pg. 217-224, Chapter 11: Civil Society Media at the WSIS, pg. 243-264. Available as electronic resource at Malmö University Library Catalogue)

Lievrouw, Leah (2011) Alternative and Activist New Media. Oxford: Polity Press.

Lists of further recommended and additional reading for the module are listed under the course site.

Course evaluation

An anonymous electronic course evaluation is made at the end of the course. The electronic evaluation is accessible for all students.

Other Information

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