Media and film studies

Humanitarian Communication

Module code: P5033
Level 6
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Systematically understand key developments, issues, and challenges in the field of media studies, humanitarian communication and social change.
  • Critically evaluate humanitarian communication perspectives, including issues arising from forms of knowledge produced.
  • Formulate a critical theoretical framework and apply it to the analysis and design of communication campaigns informed by academic approaches.
  • Select and appropriately analyse relevant examples in the light of perspectives offered in the module, demonstrating an awareness of their spatial and temporal specificities.
  • Engage in a collaborative process to best express an understanding of historical, contextual and political factors shape contemporary humanitarianism.