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 of
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 theories that help its users to better understand
societal phenomena. Second, it needs researchers who regularly
challenge, test, and - if needed - update these theories based on
thorough scientific methods and empirical evidence. Third, it needs
people who apply its theories when they aim to solve professional and/or
societal problems.
The goal of Science for Impact 1 is to increase the impact of
communication science on society, by teaching you (1) to (better)
differentiate between high and low(er) quality science, and (2) to
(better) apply scientific information in order to solve professional
and/or communication-related societal problems.
In the course, plenary classes that will enable you to critically assess
scientific work and its conclusions, and work groups in which the focus
is on applying scientific information to real world phenomena, will
Next to some individual assignments, you will work with a group on a
proposal to conduct 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 assignment, and one group assignment


Digital reader

Target Audience

MSc students Communication Science

Custom Course Registration

In this course you can not enroll yourself for the tutorials, but you will be assigned by the course coordinator. Note: You do have to register for the course, with the corresponding parts!

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

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.