Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Development of Communication and Social Change

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

DESCRIPTION The study-unit provides an analysis on how communication can contribute to development and social change in different societies. The aim is to introduce different theoretical perspectives and theories related to communication and development. In so doing, graduates begin to understand different social realities and how they unfold in the context of globalization, modernity, and the mass media. In addition, the study-unit will also examine the relationship between the social dimensions and the technological imperative of international communications. The seminars will provide a valuable comparative perspective on the context of development.

Reading List

- Casmir, F. 1991. Communication in Development. Ablex Publishing Corporation, New Jersey.
- Hedebro, G. 1982. Communication and Social Change in Developing Nations. The Iowa State University Press, Ames.
- Hoogvelt, A. 1994. The Sociology of Developing Societies. Macmillan Press, London.
- Jensen, J. 1990. Redeeming Modernity. Contradictions in Media Criticism. Sage, London.
- Preston, P. 1986. Making Sense of Development. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London.
- Rostow, W. 1971. Politics and Stages of Growth. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 40%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Ray Debono Roberts

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