Communication for Development and Social Change Classes

Immerse yourself in a rigorous, forward-thinking curriculum while gaining knowledge and experience in the promotion of responsible and ethical change. The Master of Science in Communication for Development and Social Change prepares you to help meet the challenges of the 21st century: food security, gender equality, human rights, peace and conflict, public health, sustainability, and others.

In addition to 18 credits of core courses, you’ll have the opportunity to design a specialization using customized course selections of your choice. The list below includes possible specialization topics, but it isn’t definitive: Specialization topics and course composites are up to you.

  • Community Development
  • Conflict, Peace and Human Rights
  • Media Development and Advocacy
  • Policy, Planning and Governance
  • Public Health
  • Sustainability and the Environment

Additional courses in other disciplines may also be employed in student-designed specializations.


Seminar in Media, Communication and Development*

Orient yourself to the program and the cultural considerations, historical roots, institutional structures and political influences that have shaped and defined the development communication field. By the end of the course, you’ll be equipped with a solid foundation in history and trajectories of communication theory, development and practice, and ready to propose a program of study by mapping out which area of specialization you’d like to pursue.

*NOTE: This course is a daily seminar that takes place in August, before the official start of the academic year.

Development Communication Project Design and Management

Learn communication advocacy, development communication project design and management, decision-making tools, human resource management, and monitoring and evaluation.

Communication Research Methods

Examine the underlying philosophy and overview of research methods tailored to media and communication issues, including content analysis, ethnography, field and laboratory experiments, focus groups, in-depth interviews, market research, polling, rating systems, and surveys.

Communication Management Research Methods

Study types and methods of research applied in communication settings, including audience analysis, campaign testing, content analysis, focus groups, interviews, market research and surveys.

Field Experience Capstone**

Apply course work to practice and/or research experiences. Field experiences can include internships with governmental and non-governmental organizations, research projects with socially responsible businesses, and participation in community development initiatives or media productions for social changes that allow students to acquire knowledge and new skills.

**NOTE: This three-credit-hour course is a hybrid, in which students meet with the instructor during several days in the spring and complete their field experiences independently during the summer. 

Information Society

Examine democracy online; economic, social, cultural and political dimensions of new media technologies; globalization; information as a commodity; intellectual property; micro- and macroeconomics of information; online identities and communities; origins of the information society; privacy; and security.

Organizational Communication

Study classical and contemporary theories of management and communication and their implications for communication management. This course addresses topics like organizational change, organizational culture and identification, participatory practices, and power and control in organizations.

Public Information Campaigns

Explore techniques and issues used in information campaigns about energy conservation, environmental protection, health and other topics, as well as the effects of campaigns on public knowledge and behavior. You’ll also conduct an actual campaign on campus.

Areas of Specialization

Deepen your program of study by designing your own area of specialization in discussion with your advisor.  Students select three courses from Klein College, or other any other college at Temple University.  To help illustrate the many possibilities for specialization, some examples of areas of specialization and courses are provided below. (NOTE:  These courses are not offered every semester. Discuss your thoughts about an area of specialization with your advisor.)

Conflict, Peace and Human Rights

  • Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Complex Emergencies and Forced Migration
  • Critical Issues in Globalization, Sustainability and Social Justice
  • Immigration and Inequality​
  • Introduction to Emergency Management Planning
  • Journalism and Globalization​
  • Language as Social Action
  • Leadership in Crises & Conflict Management
  • Race, Class, Gender in Cities
  • Seminar in Global Health Issues
  • Social Inequality
  • Theories of Globalization

Community Development

  • Advocacy Storytelling
  • Collaborative Advocacy
  • Community-Based Organizations in Planning
  • Community-Based Program Evaluation
  • Community-Based Research
  • Comparative Regional Development
  • Cross Cultural Leadership
  • Ecological Planning & Development
  • The Entrepreneurial Journalist
  • GIS for Public Health
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Internet and Digital Technology for Community Engagement
  • Multimedia Production for Corporations and Nonprofits
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Planning Communications
  • Politics of Organized Interests
  • Regional Development
  • Sustainable Community Design and Development 
  • Urban Health

Media Development & Advocacy

  • Advocacy Storytelling
  • The Anthropology of Mass Media
  • Campaigns, Elections and the Media
  • Collaborative Advocacy
  • Cross Cultural Leadership
  • Editing the News I
  • Editing the News II
  • The Entrepreneurial Journalist
  • GIS I
  • Global Media
  • Interactive Media, Marketing & Advertising
  • Internet and Digital Technology for Community Engagement
  • Multimedia Production for Corporations and Nonprofits
  • Programming for Multi-Platform Media
  • Psychological Processing of Media
  • Public Opinion and Propaganda
  • Regional Development
  • Reporting and Writing I
  • Reporting and Writing II

Public Health

  • Cross Cultural Leadership
  • Fundamentals of Public Health
  • GIS for Public Health
  • Health Communication
  • Immigration and Inequality
  • International Organizations & Global Governance
  • Medical Geography
  • Political and Economic Aspects of Health
  • Regional Development in Third World
  • Seminar in Global Health Issues
  • Seminar in Global Environmental Health
  • Urban Health

Policy, Planning and Governance

  • Community-Based Program Evaluation
  • Ecological Planning & Development
  • Economic Development Planning for Cities
  • International Organizations & Global Governance
  • Land Use Planning
  • National Public Policy
  • Political Organization – Bureaucracy
  • Policy Analysis and Processes
  • Public Policy
  • Public Policy for Urban Regions
  • Spatial Analysis Techniques/GIS
  • Theories of Policy Making
  • Urban Public Policy

Sustainability & the Environment

  • Critical Issues in Globalization, Sustainability and Social Justice
  • Ecological Planning and Development
  • Environmental Communication
  • Environmental Policy
  • Food Systems
  • Land Use Planning
  • Political Ecology
  • Problems of Environmental Quality
  • Seminar in Global Environmental Health
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Sustainable Community Design and Development
  • Sustainable Food Systems Planning
  • Water Resources Planning and Management

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, you’ll need to earn 30 credits, culminating with a hybrid capstone course (see above) that takes the form of an internship, service learning experience or special project.