Communication for Development: Production Project

Summary

This course aims to develop and apply the theoretical and practical skills and knowledge needed to create an original product in the field of Communication for Development. The intention is to provide the student with a tangible proof of his or her craftsmanship that he or she can use in and for his or her future career.

Admission requirements

75 credits on advanced level in Communication for Development + English B.

Selection:

credits 100%

Syllabus

Syllabus for students spring 2018

Course Code:
KK626A revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Communication for Development: Produktionsprojekt
Level of specialisation
A2E
Main fields of study:
Communication for Development
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
27 March 2015
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
16 January 2017
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
27 March 2015

Entry requirements

75 credits on advanced level in Communication for Development + English B.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is mandatory for a two-year Master of Arts with a major in Communication for Development (120 credits).

Purpose

This course aims to develop and apply the theoretical and practical skills and knowledge needed to create an original product in the field of Communication for Development. The intention is to provide the student with a tangible proof of his or her craftsmanship that he or she can use in and for his or her future career.

Contents

The entire course consists of a production project. This involves creating an original communication for development product, which could include anything from a book chapter or policy paper to a radio show, short film or website. The production project is the concluding part of the two-year Master of Arts with a major in Communication for Development.
The relevant criteria for recognising a product as a Master of Arts project in Communication for Development are:

  • That it serves as a communicative tool.
  • That its topic lies within the field of Communication for Development.
  • That the final product in principle could be used for its intended purpose outside the context of an academic examination.
The course is divided into three project stages.
  1. The first stage consists of planning the production project and involves writing a substantial project plan.
  2. The second stage entails acquiring the necessary technical skills for the production project and applying these skills to creating the product. Intensive workshops are used for technical training and the progress of the production process will be discussed at joint seminars, which also provide feedback. A process paper serves as documentation and examination paper for this stage.
  3. The third stage includes the final project phase of completing both the product and the written project presentation.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After having completed the course the student will:

  1. Understand the process involved in creating an original communication for development product by applying previously acquired knowledge and understanding.
  2. Understand the dynamic connection between theoretical and practical aspects of the creative process.
  3. Be able to position and contextualise his or her own product within the field of Communication for Development
  4. Understand the applicability of a product in the field of Communication for Development beyond the educational context
Skills and abilities
After having completed the course the student will:
5. Be able to apply previously acquired skills and abilities to the creation of an original communication for development product.
6. Be able to independently plan, create and assess an original product in the field of Communication for Development.
7. Be able to analyse and solve practical and theoretical problems in the production process.
8. Possess the necessary technical skills to create a product in the field of Communication for
Development.
Critical skills and approach
After having completed the course the student will:
9. Appreciate the limits of his or her acquired knowledge and skills, as well as his or her need and potential for further learning.
10. Have the capacity to critically reflect on the field of Communication for Development in its entirety and historical and global context.
11. Critically review the production project as a process.
12. Appreciate the challenges of future projects and what is necessary to meet them.

Learning activities

The course uses a ‘convergence pedagogy', which combines live online teaching and resources with intensive in situ seminars that students are expected to attend in person. All teaching is streamed using online tools so that even students that cannot attend seminars in person can participate onli

Assessments

  1. The three project stages are assessed separately:
  2. Thefirststageistheplanningphase,whichisassessedonthebasisofaprojectplan(7.5 credits).
  3. The second stage involves acquiring the necessary technical skills to create the product chosen by the student, as well as the creative phase of the project. This stage is assessed with a process paper (7.5 credits).
  4. The third and final stage consists of presenting the finished product and submitting a project presentation in which the student reflects on the production process from planning to end product (15 credits).

Grading system

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

Course literature and other teaching materials

Bolton, Gillie (2010) Reflective practice. Writing and professional development. London: Sage.

Hughes, Jason: (2012) SAGE Internet research methods. London: Sage.
Reason, Peter & Bradbury, Hilary (2013) The SAGE handbook of action research. Participative inquiry and practice. London: Sage.

Terras, Melissa, Nyan, Julianne & Vanhoutte, Edward (2013) Defining digital humanities. A reader. Farnham: Ashgate.

Course evaluation

The course is concluded with an individual course evaluation focusing on the goals of the course. The evaluations are summarized and made available to the students at the completion of the course.

Contact

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

Further information

Comdev,

Application

15 January 2018 - 03 June 2018 100% Distance (Malmö) Application code: mah-82216

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 51000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 51000 SEK

Open for late application

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