Language, Media and Communication


Course Objective

To acquire knowledge of the research field of language and
To understand the dynamics between media types and language use.
To learn how media affect communication processes.
To develop analytical skills with respect to variations in language use
as a result of media type.

Course Content

In this course, students will develop an understanding of the dynamics
between different media types and language use. Specifically, the
affordances of the medium determine possibilities for communication
between participants and the ways in which language is used. During the
course, students will learn to analyse the form and context of media
messages using different communication theories, such as uncertainty
reduction theory, media equation theory, and technological determinism.

Teaching Methods

During six weeks, there will be two explanatory lectures and one seminar
per week (2 hrs each). During the seminars, attention will be paid to
understanding and applying the central notions of the course readings
and preparing for the exam.

Method of Assessment

Multiple choice exam (100%)
Weekly assignments in which you apply the central notions of course
readings to different case studies. The weekly assignments are graded as
'fail' or 'pass'.


Griffin, Emory A., Ledbetter, Andrew, & Sparks, Glenn G. (2014). A First
Look at Communication Theory (Conversations with Communication
Theorists). Ninth revised edition. McGraw Hill Education. ISBN
9814577162, 9789814577168.

A selection of research articles will be announced on the Canvas site of
the course.

Target Audience

First year students Communication and Information Studies

General Information

Course Code L_AABACIW104
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. C.M.J. van Hooijdonk
Examiner dr. C.M.J. van Hooijdonk
Teaching Staff R.A.M. van den Heerik MA
dr. C.M.J. van Hooijdonk

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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