Communication for Development: Degree Project

Summary

Admission requirements

The completion of minimum 30 credits of the Master of Arts with a major in Communication for Development.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students spring 2020, autumn 2019, spring 2019, autumn 2018, spring 2018, autumn 2017, spring 2017, autumn 2016, spring 2016, autumn 2015, spring 2015, autumn 2014, spring 2014, autumn 2013, spring 2013

Course Code:
KK624C revision 1
Level of specialisation
A1E
Main fields of study:
Communication for Development
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
16 August 2012
Date of ratification:
29 August 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2013

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

The course is mandatory for the Master of Arts with a major in Communication for Development (60 credits).

Entry requirements

The completion of minimum 30 credits of the Master of Arts with a major in Communication for Development.

Learning outcomes

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

  • knowledge about research within the broader academic and practical field of Communication for Development,
  • in-depth insights into current and relevant research in the particular field of study, and
  • in-depth knowledge of a variety of methods of relevance for the field Communication for Development.

SKILLS AND CAPACITIES
After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:

  • ability to independently identify and formulate research questions, to plan and with the help of adequate methods carry out a theoretically informed investigation of empirical material within given time frames,
  • the ability to combine complex and advanced theoretical and methodological knowledge gained in the program,
  • the ability to plan, execute and carry out field works or other empirical investigation (e.g. online ethnography, analysis of policy documents or other) within the field of Communication of Development,
  • ability to both scientifically analyze and practically implement data and experience that has been collected by the student himself/herself,
  • ability to use advanced critical source analysis when collecting data, especially on the internet,
  • ability to, both in oral and written form, clearly present and discuss his/her conclusions, as well as the knowledge and argumentation that form the basis of these in dialogue with different groups,
  • the ability to relate their own research to the broader academic and practical fields of Communication for Development,
  • the ability to complement academic research with other forms of communication, such as visual expressions, moving images, sound collages, photographs, or other, and
  • the skills to assess the validity and reliability of his/her own work and work process (self reflectivity), as well as doing critical and constructive reviewing of related research, including other students’ degree project work in process or at the end seminar/examination.

CRITICAL SKILLS AND APPROACH
After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:

  • the capacity to critically reflect upon their own role and position as researchers, such as power issues, ethical aspects as well as limitations and strengths of the outcome result,
  • the critical awareness needed to discuss and analyze ethical problems connected to research in the area Communication for Development,
  • awareness of risks and harms of different research methods and designs in Communication for Development research

Assessments

The student is assessed on the basis of an academic thesis in the form of an analysis of a well-defined and focused theme within Communication for Development. The analysis must be based on a clear theoretical and methodological framework and on empirical data analysis, for example by utilizing field work data produced for the course or/and earlier during the MA course work.
The following criteria will be of special importance when grading the assignment:

  • the ability to make a well-written and coherent academic thesis, with theoretical as well as analytical depth and reflections,
  • the ability to place the empirical findings and conclusions within the academic and practical field of Communication for Development,
  • insights to critically reflect upon their own role and position as researchers, to incorporate review critique from student peers and staff/examiners during process seminars (the student is only assessed on the final written work), and
  • the capacity to conduct independent and original work.

Course content

The degree project is the final and most extensive part of the Master of Arts with a major in Communication for Development, and this course offers an opportunity to investigate a specific area of Communication for Development. The project work must deal with one or more of the central themes of Communication for Development; that is Media, Globalization and Development; Communication, Culture and Media Analysis; ICT, New Media and Development or/and Research Methodologies (names of courses leading into the 4th and final term Degree Project. It could, for example, involve research on development aid projects of which media development forms an integral part. The field work does not necessarily have to be carried out in a developing country. The global in the local context is highly relevant to explore.

Learning activities

Tuition and supervision, lecturers, peer review seminars, process seminars (feed back on draft works), field work/empirical studies, literature studies, individual studies.

Grading system

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

Course literature and other teaching materials

Literature for the degree project is chosen in consultation with coordinating staff and the personal supervisor. (e.g. The Project Plan outlines a preliminary bibliography discussed with the supervisor)

General recommendations:
Hemer, Oscar & Tufte, Thomas (eds) (2005) Media and Glocal Change. Rethinking Communication for Development. Buenos Aires: CLACSO.

Cottle, Hansen, et al (1998) Mass Communication Research Methods. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Pickering, Michael (ed. 2008) Research
Methods for Cultural Studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Björk and Räisänen (eds) (2000) Academic Writing. 2nd edition. Chatwell-Bratt: Bromley

Rudestam and Newton (eds) (2007) Surviving Your Dissertation. 3rd edition. London: Sage.

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.

Contact

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

Further information

Åsa Ulemark, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-6657212
Tobias Denskus, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-6657365

Application

03 September 2018 - 11 November 2018 Flexible 50% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program

21 January 2019 - 09 June 2019 Flexible 50% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program

02 September 2019 - 19 January 2020 50% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program

20 January 2020 - 07 June 2020 50% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program

15 January 2018 - 03 June 2018 50% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 30000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 30000 SEK