Development Communication

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Huesca
Credits: 3

Field Work: Day 2 - Friday, 19 February | Myanmar (Burma) Download Syllabus

This course will provide a survey of development communication theory and practice, and explore the strategic uses of communication and media to effect social change in a variety of nations. The broad context and forces of globalization will serve as a contemporary theoretical framework for analyzing the complex interplay between national governments, non-governmental organizations, private corporations, civil socieity, and social movements in efforts to improve the well-being of underdeveloped settings around the world.

Field Work

Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Day: 2 - Friday, 19 February

Students in this lab will visit Global Platform Myanmar, a Non-Governmental Organization involved in grassroots organizing and popular education on issues of central importance. The lab will include an introduction to the staff and organization before going to the field to experience one or two “Community University” exchanges with local communities.

Academic Objectives:
1. Identify at least 4 major challenges, obstacles, and objectives related to the promotion of human rights and gender equity in contemporary Myanmar.
2. Critically examine and explain the contributions and drawbacks of participatory, grassroots communication approaches to development in the context of Myanmar.
3. Integrate at least two key theoretical concepts from development communication to the practice of grassroots development in Myanmar.