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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Italy - University of Bologna - 'Univ. of Bologna'
UC Course SubjectCommunication
International Studies
Number & Suffix: 184 B
Transcript Title: HUMANITARIAN COMM 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This is a graduate level course that is part of the Laurea Magistrale program. The course is intended for advanced level students only. Enrollment is by consent of the instructor. The course has two parts, A and B. Students must take both parts. No partial credit possible. Students who complete a term paper on a pre-approved topic are awarded one extra unit for a total of 4 units. Maximum units for the course, A and B, are 8. The course focuses on the way western media covers the developing world and humanitarian emergencies. Particular attention is placed on the emerging and historical humanitarian narratives, with particular reference to the way in which the activities of NGOs are reported. The course focuses on how we understand and explain distant disasters; how media representations of suffering and violence have changed in the post-cold war period and the digital era; the relationship between media, aid, corporate communication, and branding, and the relationship between power, media, and migration. Students are encouraged to think sociologically about a range of issues and “social problems” related to media representations of suffering and violence. It also serves as an introduction to important themes and issues within humanitarianism and migration. Examining humanitarian communication through various forms of aesthetic activism - documentary, photojournalism, benefit concerts, celebrities, live blogging - the course invites students to explore how the circulation of humanitarian images and narratives impact the peoples it aims to serve, and what can we learn about global inequality from the stories associated with it. 
Language of Instruction: English
Partner University Department: Language, Society, and Communication 
Partner University Course Number: 81782