MA level lectures developed and taught in following courses:

Communication for Development: Advances in Social Action, Planning and Evaluation

  • This course aims to enhance skills and deepen knowledge around the use of strategic media and communication interventions used in international development cooperation. A variety of Communication for Development theories and methods are explored and students have the opportunity to independently plan, implement and evaluate a Communication for Development intervention.

Media, Globalization and Development

  • This course establishes the global perspective and supplies the general theoretical outlines, related to the four concepts Globalization, Communication, Postcolonialism, and Development.

New Media, ICT and Development

  • The aim of this course is to explore ICT and new media for development and social change by reflecting on their integration into existing media and communication contexts and cultures as well as their changing materialities, tools, and practices.
  • The course has three (3) central, interlinked themes: ICT4D, Aid Work and Communicating Development; New Media, Activism & Development; Social Media, Data & Development

 

BA level courses developed and taught:

Online Media – theory, tools and skills

  • This course aims to develop an advanced understanding of the emergence and progression of information and communication technologies (ICTs) against the background of global economic and political dynamics as well as cultural diversity. The course examined theories, trends and main critics and relates them to according media advocacy strategy developments for diverse local contexts.

The student has an active role in exploring global digital media developments and in applying cross-media strategies and tools which are target group relevant, demand-driven and accessible from an infrastructural, political as well as capacity perspective.

Students learn to put the social media debate in context and what role new ICTs can play regarding changing media landscapes and regarding the human right to freedom of expression and access to information. Course assignments have been executed in collaboration with Hivos and Access Info Europe.

Responsibilities: Developing course and course curriculum, including all assignments and exam, teaching of entire course, coaching students and clients of assignments through process

 

Communication for Social Change

  • This course provides an introduction into understanding of the role of communication in behavioural and social change processes. It explored theories and approaches to Communication and Social and Behavioural Change. The students learned to identify and to distinguish between the following approaches: behaviour change communication (BCC), communication for social change (CSC), advocacy communication and citizen movements. The course emphasised the challenge to find an effective and efficient combination of the different approaches in addressing global problems. Moreover, the students learn and apply the steps of a social marketing/communication (campaign)plan, making use of these approaches. The course introduced basic skills needed to develop successful social and behavioural change projects. The students apply the gained knowledge in an advocacy campaign development assignment concerning a global issue.

Responsibilities: Co-development of course curriculum, teaching theoretical sessions on CSC and advocacy, coaching students through campaign assignment, design and evaluation of final exam, engaging relevant NGOs for new collaboration.

International Communication and Media Development

  • This course provided students with a global and critical perspective on international information flows and their international geopolitics. The course elaborated on the transition from audiovisual and print media to digital media as well as from issues of national relevance to concerns with global dimension and is structured around four major topic areas, namely
    • Information flows (asymmetries and content diversity)
    • Major actors and their discourses (debates and competing visions)
    • Structures and divides (access, ownership, contenting interpretations and development)
    • Rights (the right to communicate, access to information and free expression)

The course provided a comparable insight into different national media systems and the increasing global interrelations between media markets against the background of globalization processes. Beyond a theoretical approach to the topic the course facilitated the creation of a critical, content-related documentary production including all necessary skills trainings.

Responsibilities: Developing course and course curriculum, including all assignments and exams, teaching of entire course, coaching students and clients of assignments through process.

 

Visual Problem Appraisal 

  • This course aims to foster professional experience regarding problem analysis and solving in an international setting. In a simulative way the student experiences the role and activities of a development consultant carrying out an assignment in anticipation to a tender from international development cooperation for a regional project in an announced development setting. The course is set up as a simulation. Within three weeks the participants prepare for an upcoming fieldwork, conduct research in the field and advise their client by writing advisory reports based on the compilation and analysis of their data. The course is based on the so called Visual Problem Appraisal methodology (VPA). The methodology can be characterised as a problem oriented video-based simulation of reality, presented in a way that provides opportunities for different learning styles and study attitudes, and aims to enhance practical management skills as well as learning capacities.

Responsibilities: Developing course manual based on official VPA training concept, lecturing, coaching student groups through research and advisory process, facilitating consultation sessions.

 

Entertainment Education

  • This course focuses on the theoretical basis, the methods and the international practice of Entertainment-Education in the field of social and behavioural change communication, including evaluation and effect studies. Students learn to apply the theory and methods learned in a real life practical assignment given by a real client. The course is developed and taught in close collaboration with the Centrum Media & Gezondheid in Gouda.

Responsibilities: Lecturing several sessions, coaching team and client through research and strategy development process.