Syllabus & About

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Welcome to the COM480 – Communication for International Development blog. Available on this site are the syllabus for the class, as well as a promotional leaflet for the class.

Featured on the website are 2 main areas of interest:

1 – Student projects that include case studies of communication and media related development tools, including those in mhealth, meducation and egovernment, that are based on class projects written and shared by students of the COM480 class at UH Manoa.

2 – Videos of skype presentations of guest speakers for the class. These includes communications and development related projects from various academic and professionals from the non-profit NGO sector.

Please feel free to share the materials on this site according to creative commons license, and we hope to hear your comments and suggestions on the content of this class and blog.


Ashiyan Rahmani – Instructor

(blog site design: Sue Kang)

COM-480: Communication for International Development class blog

(School of Communications at the University of Hawaii at Manoa)


The United Nations (UN) notes that “Nearly half the world’s population, 2.8 billion people, survive on less than $2 a day. About 20 percent of the world’s population, 1.2 billion people, live on less than $1 a day. Nearly 1billion people are illiterate and 1billion do not have safe water.” (UN, 2010)

This class will explore, through a facilitated conversation, the underlying concepts and paradigms of development, why there are so many living in poverty, and what are the current approaches to, and what are some of the efforts of the international community, in eliminating global poverty.

This exploration will specifically look at these questions with specific regards to the role of information and communication technologies – including mobile telephony, radio/video, digital innovation, technology and social change as well as explore some of the underlying assumptions of communication technology utilization.

Regional case studies will be shared, as well as student projects exploring e-literacy, e-health, e-government, freedom of speech, environmental and disaster management, gender and women’s rights, digital and informational poverty, digital culture, happiness and quality of life, social networking, social media and more.