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Launch of Unique BA Degree- Media and International Development

Unique new BA degree in Media and International Development

Recent events such as Kony 2012 and the Arab Spring help to illustrate how important the media can be in international development. Media are central to encouraging charitable donations, promoting democracy and human rights and in delivering public health messages during emergencies. The media can also promote mass mobilisation and participation, communicate development ‘messages’ and facilitate the flow of information locally, nationally and internationally.

In recognition of the growing demand for those working in international development to understand how the media works (and for those working in the media to have an international outlook), DEV is establishing a unique new undergraduate degree in ‘media and international development’ starting in September 2014. It will be the first course of its kind in the UK to integrate the study of these two subjects – with core areas of the degree addressing foreign media coverage, communication for development work and the development of the media in the Global South.

This degree will draw on the expertise of two of the most successful areas of teaching and research in UEA. UEA is ranked joint second in the country for Communication and Media Studies by The 2013 Complete University Guide, and came 3rd in the 2013 Guardian University Guide league table for Geography and Environmental Studies. This cross-School teaching will also allow for a unique range of choice and specialisation, with students able to choose module options linked to both international development and the media, such as Women, Islam and the Media and Development in Practice.

It is hoped that this new undergraduate degree will replicate the success of the relatively new masters in Media and International Development (MAMID) which has grown rapidly to become one of the biggest masters in the School in just five years. Alumni from this Masters were amongst the many professionals working in this area to be consulted regarding the design of the new degree. Ana Libisch who graduated from the MAMID course in 2012 and who is now the Project Coordinator for the Latin American office of Inter Press Service (a global news agency), commented that “For organisations like Inter Press Service, to have graduates in Media and International Development will be wonderful. This is what we do. I think that this kind of degree is perfect for all the people who are interested in working in the international field.

This new degree also responds to calls from current undergraduates for more teaching in the area of media and communications.

Kimberley Dix, current DEV undergraduate student said “The world of media is progressing rapidly and combined with international development is opening up new sectors for jobs. Increasingly I am seeing a need for more development students with IT and social media skills and communications knowledge.”

For further information visit www.uea.ac.uk/dev

or email course director Dr Martin Scott: Martin.Scott@uea.ac.uk