Comdev News

Dear all!

If you are a new MA student, a returning student for your second year of part-time or full-time MA studies or a student on our free-standing Advances in ComDev course, our course start guide has all the information you need to prepare for the new semester!

From late June until early August the ComDev team will be on a well-deserved break and we are looking forward to meeting many of you after 28 August when the new semester kicks-off!

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Dear all,

These are exciting times at ComDev again! The spring semester with more than 100 students across all our courses is well underway and we are looking forward to our next teaching seminar in April where we will focus on participatory development with a group of Malmö and external colleagues!
As we publish this note, two students from the 2-year MA are on their way to Lebanon to work with ComDev professors Ronald Stade and Oscar Hemer on a project with the UNICEF country office-so there are many reasons why you should consider applying for ComDev-or returning as a graduate for the 2-year MA!

The spring application window for ComDev’s programs and courses is open from 15 March – 18 April and we are once again looking forward to receiving your application.

Our 1-year flagship online blended learning MA program

You will find all the details on the 1-year MA page.

Based on our initial experiences and the strong competition for spaces we strongly encourage you to submit a letter and strengthen your application!

The MA program is a 50% full-time course taught in our online blended learning ‘glocal classroom’ that we have pioneered, improved and enhanced for more than 15 years! ComDev program coordinator Tobias Denskus recently introduced the ‘Glocal Classroom’ in the context of the university’s internationalisation efforts.

You can also read what graduates from the course have said about ComDev. We just uploaded three more profiles in connection with the ComDev experiences in the United Nations system and a portrait of one of our pioneering graduates from 2002!

The 2-year MA course package to study 60 more ComDev credits

For those of you who already completed 60 ComDev credits, the 2-year MA is now an easy-to-apply-to course package and you will find all the details on the 2-year MA page.

Advances in ComDev free-standing  15 credit course

And finally, our Advances in Communication for Development: Social Action, Planning and Evaluation course will be available again in the autumn. The course is part of the 2-year MA, but it can also be taken separately as part of your on-going professional development or a great way to get to know ComDev better!

Please note that all applications have to be made through Sweden’s central university admissions website and that we only evaluate the letters of intent and not other parts of your application. University admission should always be your first point of contact regarding application matters, including formal qualifications or language requirements.
However, our colleagues at Malmö University admissions (admissions(at) and our course administrator Åsa Ulemark can be contacted for technical questions regarding your application as well – and you can also get in touch with the ComDev team at comdev(at) – just allow a few days for replying individually during this busy period of the semester.

We are looking forward to your applications and welcoming you to Malmö in September 2017!

Tobias Denskus & the ComDev team

We always like to hear from our graduates about their ComDev study experience. We recently talked to three graduates with a connection to the UN system; this time, out student assistant Yahneake Sterling sat down with Rosita Ericsson, an alumna from the very first ComDev MA cohort!

My name is Rosita Ericsson and I graduated from the very first ComDev class 2000-2002, when the course was still in its pilot phase. Although the course has matured and the field of study developed since then it was already a one-of-a- kind experience which significantly changed my professional path. I had just moved from Sweden to Switzerland with my new baby (now a high school student with a punk attitude) and my hope was that ComDev would add an international touch to my CV and provide an entry point to the rich international development opportunities that Geneva offers.

At first, ComDev was a real culture shock. I arrived from one of the oldest, most traditional universities in Sweden, and a field of study (political science) where staying within the boundaries of the disciplinary discourse seemed more important than the actual analysis. At ComDev we were just instructed to be creative and explore new ways of thinking – all very confusing to me. But as I started navigating through the constantly evolving field of communication for development I began to feel that I had maybe found my thing. I had previously worked as a newspaper journalist and took an interest in the role of mass media in social change. For my thesis I brought my then toddler to Senegal and Burkina Faso for a study on children’s participation in a regional radio campaign on children’s rights. My local supervisor at Plan International’s West Africa Office cleverly used the results of my research to fundraise for new media projects and I got a series of consultancy contracts for Plan to work on enhancing children’s participation in conception, production and monitoring and evaluation of media initiatives.

This was the entry point I needed. I got a job as a project officer at a Geneva based NGO and became involved in the preparations of the first World Summit on the Information Society, to help ensure a substantial participation of journalists from the global South. Having the ComDev perspective also proved to be highly useful when I later moved to Vietnam to work within the technical assistance team for a Sida-funded programme at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
I realised two things: First, that governmental agencies for international cooperation not necessarily had any expertise or even understanding about communication for development and, secondly, that Vietnam had nothing remotely resembling the social movements and grassroots’ organisations in Latin America and Africa, which we had discussed and studied in Malmö. But to me, ComDev is most of all an attitude: my studies had given me methodologies and ways of approaching development objectives that definitively helped me – and made our projects better.

The ComDev course opened the door to some very enriching experiences and has played an important role in my professional life. For several years I kept in close touch with several of the other students from my class, and with the course itself as a supervisor for later students in their thesis projects. I am now working in a more traditional communications position for a human rights organisation. Even if it’s further away from the field of study, I still have my ComDev attitude, helping me to keep our projects firmly grounded in local priorities and perspectives!

If you are interested in applying for one of our programs our courses, e.g. the flagship two-year part-time online blended learning MA, our free-standingAdvances in ComDev‘ course or add a second year of studies to your completed one-year MA, there is plenty of information on the ComDev portal!

Contemporary storytelling from Nigeria with ComDev visiting lecturer Eromo Egbejule

by Tobias Denskus March 7, 2017 ComDev lectures

Rotate the Cube… … the art of unconventional storytelling The key to crisis reporting is to ‘rotate the cube,’ Nigerian writer and journalist Eromo Egbejule shared during his ComDev lecture on February 23. Egbejule who was at Malmö University as a visiting lecturer during February was presenting on the topic: Crisis and Culture: Storytelling in […]

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Oscar Hemer contributes to new book on anthropology and writing

by Tobias Denskus April 21, 2016 Comdev News

ComDev professor Oscar Hemer contributed a chapter to an new anthology “The Anthropologist as Writer: Genres and Contexts in the Twenty-First Century” which was just published by Berghahn books: “Writing is crucial to anthropology, but which genres are anthropologists expected to master in the 21st century? This book explores how anthropological writing shapes the intellectual […]

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Inaugural issue of Conflict and Society journal

by Tobias Denskus March 17, 2016 Comdev News

Organized violence—war, armed revolt, genocide, lynching, targeted killings, torture, routine discrimination, terrorism, trauma, and suffering—is a daily reality for some, while for others it is a sound bite or a news clip seen in passing and easily forgotten. Rigorous scholarly research of the social and cultural conditions of organized violence, its genesis, dynamic, and impact, […]

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ComDev anniversary event-News & Updates

by Tobias Denskus August 14, 2015 Alumni

Our ComDev 15th anniversary seminar is nicely taking shape and we would like to take the opportunity of returning from our summer vacation to share some updates with you. Below is the draft program for the 1.5 days in September. Our post from before the summer break outlines the rationale behind the seminar with some […]

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New Communication Theory Special Issue on Advocacy and Communication for Social Change

by Tobias Denskus July 2, 2015 Comdev News

A recently published special issue of a major international communication journal features research from ComDev staff and partners. The Communication Theory special issue on Advocacy and Communication for Social Change features co-authored research by ComDev’s program coordinator Tobias Denskus as well as contributions by previous ComDev guest lecturers, including co-editor Karin Wilkins. She writes in […]

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‘Memory on Trial’: Book launch of new Örecomm anthology

by Tobias Denskus June 3, 2015 Comdev News

Last week ComDev’s Oscar Hemer and Anders Hög-Hansen launched a new anthology, Memory on Trial, a collection based on papers presented at the 2013 Örecomm festival: This book approaches the memory sharing of groups, communities and societies as inevitable struggles over the interpretation of, and authority over, particular stories. Coming to terms with the past […]

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Celebrate 15 years of ComDev with us!

by Tobias Denskus May 22, 2015 Alumni

Dear students, alumni, colleagues & friends of ComDev Malmö! ComDev was founded in 2000 and we are celebrating the program’s 15th anniversary this year! We would like to take this opportunity to invite students, alumni, colleagues and friends of the program to a special 2-day event in Malmö on 18 & 19 September 2015. The […]

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