Introduction

The aim of the ‘Connecting the Classroom’ student activity is to facilitate learning and a cross-cultural appreciation of a number of international development related topics between a group of students at the Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University (UK), and the Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia (Indonesia).  Students participating in this activity have the opportunity to learn from one another as they share, review and comment on the other group’s perspective of the topic. By engaging students from different parts of the world in this way, both sets of students will develop a deeper understanding of the culturally specific and situated nature of our own knowledge that informs our understanding of international issues and topics.

Interactions between both sets of students are moderated by the link tutors, Dr Rory Padfield at Oxford Brookes University and Dr Shofwan al-banna Choiruzzad at Universitas Indonesia.

This teaching and learning activity has been incorporated as part of a British Academy International Partnership and Mobility scheme project. The principal investigator is Dr Adam Tyson (Leeds University) and co-investigator is Dr Helena Varkkey (University Malaya).

Project 3: Media censorship: a help or hindrance to development?

According to Reporters without Borders (2016) the print and digital media is more tightly censored in countries in the Global South as compared with those in the Global North. Governments usually opt to censor the media as a means to control or prevent the release of specific information to the public. Beyond blocking or shaping content, media censorship can actively reshape how the public (or sub-sections of a population) perceive an issue, or what they believe to be the ‘truth’. Drawing on case studies from the Global South, students are expected to address the following questions: i) which countries are known to censor the media and how is media censorship achieved? ii) What purpose does it serve and are there instances where it can lead to a positive outcome? ii) On balance is censoring the media a help or hindrance to development in the Global South.

The above presentation is from the students at the Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University (UK). The feedback video from the students at the Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia (Indonesia) is coming soon…

Code of Conduct for the Connecting the Classroom online discussion – March 2018

To ensure that the Connecting the Classroom online forum is a positive environment, the Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University (UK), and the Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia have developed a code of conduct for the benefit of all users. Please download the PDF document on the top for the Code of Conduct.