V&M_2014_flyer.inddThis year’s Ørecomm Festival, Voice & Matter is drawing close – 17 to 20 September will be interesting days. With little more than four weeks to go, as many as 50 speakers from 20 different countries are confirmed.

Almost 30 speakers have been accepted to present papers during the conference, and we are happy to announce that abstracts and bios now are available on the website. Browse through the interesting collection of presentations here.

Latest confirmations include Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Read more about his work and our other keynotes here.

For more updates, check the latest version of the programme.

Last but not least, don’t forget to register! Last day for registration is 7 September 2014.

We are looking very much forward to four intensive days, dedicated to the theory and practice of Communication for Development. We hope to see you there!

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Irina width=Irina Bernebring Journiette graduated from ComDev in June 2013. Irina has a BA in Journalism and Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution as well as an MA in Theology, Religion in Peace and Conflict.

– I am still in the process of establishing a career but I have been working in Sweden at a news paper and conducted an internship at the Embassy of Sweden in Saudi Arabia as a Political officer and as a Communication officer at United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. One of the things that I liked the most with ComDev was the possibility to combine my studies with my need to explore the world. Being part-time and online I was able to continue my studies while at the same time conducting the internship in Saudi Arabia and maintaining an otherwise active lifestyle. Within the programme I was also able to take advantage of great opportunities such as the Minor Field Studies grant, which meant that I was able to conduct research for my Degree Project in the field in Kenya.

What were some of the best parts of ComDev in your opinion? 

– The Degree Project seminar and other sessions and workshops that were held were great as they provided me with an opportunity to network with other students and exchange ideas and best practices about working within the ComDev field. It was also fun to learn about the other projects and experience how diverse the field actually is and how many different perspectives there are upon the topics at hand.

How do you believe that ComDev will be useful for you in your future career?

– I definitely believe that the programne will be beneficial to me as it provided me with a solid theoretical framework to start my career within the ComDev field. During the recruitment process for the internship within the United Nations my experience as well as my education was what gave me the upper hand above other applicants.  The opportunities that I had whilst studying, such as working and conducting research in Saudi Arabia and Kenya are also great merits that I will bring with me out in the world.

About ComDev
Communication for Development is one-year, online-based master’s programme running over two years part-time. The application window for ComDev is open until 15 April. For more information on how to apply, go to University Admissions.

square6MA in Communication for Development (60 ECTS)

Communication for Development is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice, combining studies in culture, communication and development integrated with practical fieldwork. It explores the use of communication – both as a tool and as a way of articulating processes of social change – within the context of globalisation.

The MA in Communication for Development (ComDev) is a one-year web-based programme running part-time over two years. During the first year, students receive a comprehensive overview of globalisation and an introduction to the field of Communication for Development. In the second year, students are introduced to the use of new media and ICT in a development context and receive a thorough introduction to research methodologies in order to prepare them for their thesis.

ComDev attracts students from all corners of the world and it is particularly popular with those working within the field of communication and development or in civil society organisations. There are close to 200 graduates from the programme and future employment includes working with professional media companies, international organisations and going on to PhD-studies.

“Because the course is for targeting people already in the C4D field there was a lot of experience among the students, which was shared and discussed and became part of the very dynamic learning environment.”   ComDev graduate (2010)

report2ComDev was a pioneer in the use of internet-based learning, using online platforms to make education available to students globally and offers a unique blend of distance- and campus-based learning. From the start, the backbone of the programme has been a pedagogical approach referred to as Convergence Pedagogy. The concept was coined and is continuously developed by the ComDev staff and utilises the advantages that the online environment offers in terms of students connecting with fellow students around the world mixed with onsite seminar weekends where students get a chance to meet and interact in person. Lectures and seminars are planned to allow students participating in different time zones. This learning environment, based on the group dynamic that potentiates the participants’ own resources, is described as the Glocal Classroom and allows students based in different countries to interact and conduct group assignments with their peers: from South Korea to Brazil and South Africa to Sweden.

The programme prioritise embracing the global when planning for seminars and to date ComDev has held seminars in India, South Africa and Tanzania to name a few. For 2014, seminars are planned to take place in Australia, Canada and South Africa as well as in Malmö, and students are encouraged to attend the seminars in person if they have the opportunity.

“Meeting staff and fellow students during the oral examination seminar in Malmö was a great experience … I also very much appreciated the respectful and friendly atmosphere among teachers and students.”   ComDev graduate (2013)

New course: Advances in Communication for Development: Social Action, Planning and Evaluation (15 ECTS)

comdevadThis autumn, ComDev is offering a brand new course in Advances in Communication for Development: Social Action, Planning and Evaluation. The course responds to the needs of ComDev graduates that have requested a deeper level of study in this field, as well as development professionals seeking group work and peer learning, hands-on participation, self-reflection, and critical analysis. 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. With a mix of independent and group work, peer learning, hands-on participation, self-reflection, and critical analysis, this course provides dynamic and comprehensive engagement in advances in communication for development related to social action, planning and evaluation. The course will run part-time during the autumn semester and to apply you must have at least 30 ECTS on advanced level in Communication Development or other relevant Social Science discipline.

How to Apply

The application window for both the MA programme in Communication in Development and the course in Advances in Communication for Development closes on 15 April 2014. More information on how to apply can be found on the University Admission’s official website. In English, and in Swedish.


Welcome to ComDev – Spring term 2014

by Rebecca Bengtsson December 16, 2013 Comdev News

This is the blog for the Communication for Development masters programme at Malmö University. If you are starting your studies with ComDev in the spring then you will find all the information that you need in the Course Start Guide. In this guide you’ll find all the information you need regarding your registration, the different tools […]

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