Faculty
John Kaplan
Term(s):
Fall, Spring
College
College of Journalism and Communications
Major
Journalism

Would you like to be a change maker? No matter one’s chosen field, understanding international communication concepts can create more effective dialogue with colleagues from different countries or cultures, increase communication and trust when engaging with community leaders abroad, and lead to a far greater chance of successful completion of a wide range of project objectives. Understanding key differences in communication through an international prism is paramount to working successfully abroad, or to synthesize information to effectively report upon international issues. This course is also an optional component of UF’s International Scholars Program, an interdisciplinary campus-wide program offering all degree-seeking undergraduate students an avenue to internationalize their undergraduate experience. Concepts we will discuss in International Humanitarianism include: • Positive Deviance including case studies of counterintuitive approaches to solving complex social issues. • Understanding global media systems and how they vary worldwide from Western models. • Ethical issues of humanitarian communication including compassionate and dignified representations of local populaces. • Researching international humanitarian topics including how to determine if information gathered is credible, less than credible, or even propagandistic. • Understanding Non-Governmental Organizations, or NGOs – how they operate, how they interrelate with larger bodies such as U.N. agencies, how and why funding goals are crucial to organizational objectives. • Communication for Social Change including an overview of communication strategies addressing the challenges of working in environments with less advanced infrastructures. • Intercultural communication including how to most effectively share information across various cultures and sub groups within them, including ethnic, religious, and socio-economic differences. • The importance of how to access and partner with in-country community agenda-setters for effective fieldwork, including locating, communicating and gaining acceptance from local partner organizations and/or NGOs. • Safety in the field, so crucially important at a time when well meaning Westerners doing humanitarian work have unfortunately become targets.

**ONLY section 17G6 (course # 24301) counts toward ISP**