Humanitarian Communication (P5033)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module explores the relationship between media and humanitarianism, as well as the role of communication within broader processes of social change. It explores the context through which contemporary NGOs, corporations, states and citizens construct their communicative practices.

It looks at the processes and products of humanitarian communication, as well as mainstream, alternative, journalistic and popular representations of humanitarianism. We will explore critical approaches to humanitarianism and social change. A core concern of the module is understanding and assessing the media as well as processes of mediation with regards to the ethics and practice of humanitarianism.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 276 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: