Specialisation: Inclusive Innovation, Communication and Development

In the specialisation Inclusive Innovation, Communication and Development, you explore social transformation processes from a communication science and science-technology and society (STS) perspective, by examining how social, political, and cultural values affect innovation processes, and how these in turn affect society, politics, and culture. You pay special attention to how responsive innovation processes are to the needs of social actors, and also to the bio-material. You focus on how and why people, views, and values become included or excluded in social and technical change, and on strategies for the democratisation of science, technology, and communication for development.

Specialisation courses

In the first year, you follow two common courses, and a selection of profiling courses, and if necessary, supporting courses. You follow three specialisation courses within Inclusive Innovation, Communication and Development.

Code Name
CPT-37306 Politics of Knowledge and Inclusive Innovation
CPT-37806 Researching Socio-Technical Practices, Innovation and Responsible Futures
CPT-32806 Change, Inter-human Processes and Communication

For more information about the courses and course content of the specialisation, as well as the compulsory parts of the master's programme, please refer to the Study Handbook.

Depending on your educational background, the study adviser may determine that you need to follow some supporting courses which will be compulsory for you (for example the course SDC-33306 Methodology for Field Research in the Social Sciences).

Student experience

"I appreciate that in this specialisation, you take a pro-active approach to societal change. Opening the door to possibilities, but with warnings. That you receive some theoretical grounding stands to reason, but at the same time you are encouraged to apply it creatively to your own ideas. I now see at first-hand how social innovation can have the power to correct structural failures in the world, and that makes me very happy to be following this specialisation." - David from Belgium

    MSc thesis

    In the second year, you demonstrate your ability to design and conduct research by collecting and analysing information on a thesis topic of your choice. Your thesis will be based on the domain within your specialisation, and the specialisation courses will outline the context of your research. To get an impression of the kind of research done by students, these are a few thesis examples:

    Many more examples are found in the thesis library.

    Teachers in the spotlight

    Staff from the contributing chair-groups will be telling you about their own research experiences during the courses. Different teachers have different areas of thematic interest, and focus on different regions in the world.  To get an impression of the specialisation, it can be helpful to become acquainted with the expertise of some of the staff. A few examples:

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