This course deals with the role of communication in the development process; it focuses on how to promote development through communication. Attention is given to the use of the mass media, interpersonal communication networks and strategies to combat development issues. Attention is given to language, culture and related issues as they affect development. Development issues include health (including HIV and AIDS), environmental degradation, hunger and poverty, agriculture and extension, war and peace.


Development journalism is a three-unit course which is compulsory for students who specialize in print media. It is an Elective for others.

 

As the name implies, the focus of the course is on the relationship between development and journalism. The scope of the course covers conceptual issues such as the definition of development and its many ramifications. Theoretical issues including the popular theories of the press are also included. Practical and professional topics such as how to report development issues, public journalism and peace journalism are also included.

 

Typically, teaching the course involves brief introductions of the topic, followed by a classroom discussion of each topic and a brief summary. This requires that students do thorough preparation and reading of assigned materials before coming to the class. Readings for a class will be accompanied by questions which must be answered in writing and submitted at the beginning of that class. Please note that students are expected to search for and study additional materials.


This is a third year course for students of English. It deals with the theory of grammar and its application to linguistic expressions. It explains the native speaker/hearer's competence and performance in an idealized environment as enunciated by Noam Chomsky. Candidates are expected to have grounding in it to be able to perform linguistic tasks: being able to determine whether or not an expression is well-formed or illformed and supporting the decisions with linguistic reasons.