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CDC holds workshop on the new BSDC generalist curriculum

12 November 2012 by HDLMercado

The College of Development Communication held a three-day workshop last  Oct. 26 to 28 at Hotel Kimberly, Tagaytay City to review its foundation courses and specialized courses (formerly major courses) and to prepare proposals for new courses, as part of the new BSDC Generalist Curriculum. 

Dean Ma. Theresa H. Velasco said that the workshop was important in shaping the history of the development of a generalist curriculum in the College and in the field of devcom, as it is "putting flesh" to the curriculum.

After lengthy discussions and debates, the following eight specialized courses will be proposed for institution: 

  •  DEVC 125 (Basic Writing and Reporting for Development)
  •  DEVC 126 (Advanced Writing and Reporting for Development)
  •  DEVC 135 (Multi-Media Materials Planning and Design)
  •  DEVC 136 (Production and Management of a Multi-Media Platform for   Development)
  •  DEVC 144 (Media-based Learning Systems)
  •  DEVC145 (Distance Learning Systems in Development Communication Practice)
  •  DEVC 153 (Managing Information in Development Communication)
  •  DEVC 154 (Communicating Science for Development)

Prior to the workshop, a pre-curriculum workshop was conducted to set the agenda for the workshop proper and a social network platform via facebook (Devcom-UPLB BSDC General Curriculum) was set up to solicit ideas and suggestions about the new curriculum from CDC alumni and students. 

In addition, Tristan Zinampan, the chair of the CDC Student Council, participated in the curriculum workshop as representative of CDC undergraduate students.

Approved by the UP Board of Regents last Sept. 13, 2011, the BSDC generalist curriculum has been designed to develop well-rounded, critical, research-oriented development communicators. The shift to the generalist curriculum is a response to the broadening of the study and practice of development communication from agriculture and rural development to complex and interrelated development issues and concerns; and to the demand for graduates who posses general development communication competencies.  Students who enrolled in the BSDC program in the first semester of academic year 2012-2013 are the first batch of students under the BSDC Generalist Curriculum.