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 autumn 2019, spring 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
KK624C revision 1.1
Level of specialisation
A1E
Main fields of study:
Communication for Development
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
22 February 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
29 August 2012

Entry requirements

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

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is part of the main field of study Communication for Developments and meets the degree requirements for the degree of Master in this subject.

Contents

The degree project is the final course 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 should address one or more of the central themes of Communication for Development, including Media, Globalization and Development; Communication, Culture and Media Analysis; ICT, New Media and Development. The program addresses world development and potential field work does not necessarily have to be carried out in what is traditionally labelled a 'developing country'.

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 during their studies of the program,
  • the ability to plan, execute and carry out field works or other empirical investigation 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,
  • ability to clearly present, both orally and in written form, and discuss their conclusions,
  • the ability to relate their own research to the broader academic and practical fields of Communication for Development,
  • the ability to complement the written thesis with other forms of communication, such as visual expressions, moving images, sound collages or photographs.

CRITICAL SKILLS AND APPROACH
After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:
  • the ability to plan, carry out and write up an empirically grounded substantial academic document
  • 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,awareness of risks and harms of different research methods and designs in Communication for Development research

Learning activities

Individual and group supervision, lectures, feedback seminars, student exercises and presentations, field work/empirical studies, literature studies.

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.

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 individual supervisor.
General recommendations:
Crawford, G., Kruckenberg, L., Loubere, N. & Morgan, R. (eds.) (2017): Understanding Global Development Research. Fieldwork Issues, Experiences and Reflections. London: Sage.
Rudestam, K. and Newton, R. (eds.) (2007) Surviving Your Dissertation. 3rd edition. London: Sage.
Scheyvens, R. (2014) Development Fieldwork. A Practical Guide. 2nd 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 Administrator
Phone: 040-6657212
Tobias Denskus, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657365

Application

03 September 2018 - 20 January 2019 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

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