Science for Impact 1


Course Objective

After successful completion of this course, students are able to:
- Critically reflect on the societal and theoretical impact of a diverse
range of communication science studies and/or approaches;
- Critically reflect on empirical evidence, reproducibility, and ethics
of a diverse range of communication science studies and/or approaches;
- Use these criteria to evaluate the quality and value of particular
communication science studies and/or approaches;
- Understand a communication-related professional and/or societal
problem in theoretical terms;
- Design a theory-based empirical communication science study, aiming to
find a solution for a real-world professional and/or societal problem of
a stakeholder.

Course Content

For a research field such as communication science to have a genuine
impact on society, it needs to fulfill a number of basic requirements.
First, it needs good, tried and tested theories that help its users to
better understand societal phenomena. Second, it needs people who can
evaluate and apply these theories when they are looking for solutions
for professional and/or societal problems.
The goal of Science for Impact 1 is to increase the impact you can have
as a communication professional, by teaching you (1) to differentiate
between reasonably good, good, and better communication science, and (2)
to apply this knowledge to better understand and solve professional and
societal problems.
In the course, plenary classes enabling you to critically assess
scientific work and its conclusions, and work groups focusing on
applying scientific knowledge to real world phenomena, will alternate.
Next to (graded as well as ungraded) individual assignments, you will
work with a group on a proposal for a scientific study that will benefit
a societal stakeholder. In Science for Impact 2 (the follow-up course),
you will carry out this proposal.

Teaching Methods

Plenary classes and work groups

Method of Assessment

Final exam, individual assignments, and one group assignment


Digital reader

Target Audience

MSc students Communication Science

General Information

Course Code S_SI1
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. I.E. Vermeulen
Examiner dr. I.E. Vermeulen
Teaching Staff dr. I.E. Vermeulen
drs. C.H.J. Vaneker
drs. M.C. van der Bom
dr. C.J. Beukeboom
dr. A.P.M. Krouwel
dr. J.W. Ouwerkerk

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group*, Lecture

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.