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Why Does Media Matter for Development?

Explore how the media can help to tackle poverty and inequality all around the world.

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Why Does Media Matter for Development?
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Learn why the media matters for international development

This comprehensive four-week course will show you the ways that international development is conceptualised, imagined and communicated as an area of study.

You’ll decipher the ways in which these understandings impact individuals living in different parts of the world, and how the media can shape, address and enhance key ideas and debates.

Discover the integral role of the media in international development

Through a range of different case studies - including in Kenya’s capital Nairobi - you’ll discover the integral role of the media and communication in development processes and social change.

You’ll address key ideas, concepts and debates about media representations of development, community media, participatory media, public media and the use of social media within international development campaigns.

Identify how the media can tackle uneven international development

You’ll also get to grips with how the media can tackle uneven international development - and the poverty that comes with it - as well as how the media can promote further development.

Learn from international development experts at the University of East Anglia (UEA)

The School of International Development at UEA is a leading global centre of excellence in research and teaching in international development.

You’ll be learning from experts within the international development field, and will be under the guidance of academics who regularly advise on policies for poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Introduction and representations of development

    • Introduction

      An introduction to the course.

    • Introduction and representations of development

      We focus on the topic of media representations – or the question of how development issues are covered by journalists and by development organisations – and why these representations matter.

  • Week 2

    Participatory and community media

    • Participatory and community media

      We show that the media can also be a means of facilitating conversations between people, or helping to promote inclusive communication within and between communities.

  • Week 3

    Social media and development

    • Social media and development

      We examine the role of social media and development.

  • Week 4

    Public Media

    • Public Media

      We will look the nature of media organisations themselves and how they may be more or less able to promote development.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • How media can tackle poverty and inequality, around the world
  • The key ideas, concepts and debates in media and international development
  • A range of case studies to discover the role of media and communications in development processes and social change
  • Media representations of development, community media, participatory media, public media and social media in campaigns
  • How media promotes development in your country / community and in other parts of the world

Who is the course for?

This course focuses on key debates within the studies of international development and diversity. It therefore will be best suited to anyone considering studying or working within these fields.

Who will you learn with?

Associate Professor in Media and International Development at University of East Anglia - UK.

Lecturer in Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia with research interests in humanitarian communication, media representations of Africa and digital migration studies.

I am an associate professor in Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK. I am the author of 'Media and Development' and study media freedom and humanitarian news.

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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