SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2022/2023
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

• Acquire an informed insight into the theories to do with media and Development
• Understand the key debates about Development
• Develop the skills needed for further independent research, writing and thinking about issues on Development in the present context
• Develop the ability to think critically, with reference to theoretical and empirical (historical and/or contemporary) content about the relationship between Media and Development


The module will be taught over 20 weeks with one 1 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week

Scope and syllabus

• Modernity and Development
• Media and Imperialism
• The Other in Development Theory
• Decoding Development
• Visual representation and Development
• Journalism and Development
• Relationship of NGOs and Media
• Imagining an Audience
• Empowerment and Community Media
• Gender and Media
• NGOs and Media: Case studies of Development politics
• Digital Activism and its critique
• Transnational Communication in conflict societies: Diaspora and homeland engagement
• Coca Cola and Pepsi: Transnational Brands and Development
• Data, bias and Development
• Development Journalism and Advocacy
• Citizen Journalism and the problem of free labour
• Past, present and future of Development and Media
• The Post Development Critique
• Essay writing workshops

Method of assessment

Assignment one – Book review (500-800 words) 10%
Assignment two - Essay (2500 words); 30%
Assignment three – Film review (500-800 words) 15%
Assignment four - Essay (2500 words); 45% 

Suggested reading

Bebbington, al, 2008, Can NGOs Make a Difference?: The Challenge of
Development Alternatives.
Bounemra K. et al, 2004, Africa Networking: Development Information, ICTs and
Bennett, L. & Entman, R. (Eds) (2001) Mediated Politics: Communication in the Future of Democracy, Cambridge University Press.
Butsch, R. (ed.), (2007) Media and Public Spheres. Palgrave Macmillan.
Castells, al, 2006, Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective
Coyne, C. and P. Leeson,, Media, Development, and Institutional Change
Chadwick, A. (2006) Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies, Oxford University
D’Costa, Anthony 2006, The New Economy in Development: ICT Challenges and
Dutta, S. et al, 2006, The Global Information Technology Report 2005-2006: Leveraging
ICT for Development (World Economic Forum Reports)
Gumucio-Dagron, A. and T. Tufte, eds, 2006, Communication for Social Change:
Anthology of historical and contemporary readings
Hemer, O. and Tufte, T. eds, 2005, Media and Global Change: Rethinking
Communication for Development
Herman Wasserman, Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa, Routledge
Melkote, S. and Steeves, H. L. (2001) Communication for Development in the Third World: Theory and practice for empowerment, New Delhi and Thousand Oaks CA: Sage
Servaes, J (ed.) (2008) Communication for Development and Social Change. New Delhi, Thousand Oaks, CA and Singapore: Sage. Cassiolato J.E. et al, 2009, BRICS and Development Alternatives: Innovation Systems and Policies
Mansell, R. and Wehn, U. (Eds) (1998) Knowledge Societies: Information Technology for Sustainable
Development, Oxford: Oxford University Press;
Mansell, R. and Andreas Crede(1998) Knowledge Societies… In a Nutshell: Information Technology for Sustainable Development, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Manyozo, L (2011) People's Radio: Communicating Change Across Africa. Penang, Malaysia: Southbound
Taylor, J., Wilkinson, D., and Cheers, B. (2008) Working with Communities in Health and Human Services, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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