Introduction to Communication Studies


Course Objective

To acquire knowledge of prominent theories of communication;
To acquire knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of communication
studies (intertwining psychological, sociological, and language
To learn how to read and interpret research literature;
To apply knowledge of communication studies to relevant cases;
To discuss and critically analyze communication theories and research.

Course Content

In this course, students will be introduced to communication theories by
reading a text book and also research articles in which conducted
research is reported. The field of Communication studies is
interdisciplinary, which means that several different scientific
approaches and methods are employed together, sometimes supporting and
sometimes contradicting each other. As a result, many different theories
of human communication have been developed, focusing on the language
used in communication messages, communicators' psychological
preoccupations, or societal effects of mediated communication. Many
theories will be introduced and discussed: what are the theory’s virtues
and vices, and how can the theory be used to practice communication
research? Explanatory lectures will be alternated with seminars, with
attention for both thorough understanding and preparation for the exam.

Teaching Methods

During six weeks, two two-hour lectures a week will be given about the
numerous communication theories. Besides the lectures, there will be one
two-hour seminar every week to discuss assignments and prepare for the
written examination.

Method of Assessment

A multiple choice written examination will determine the grade.
Alongside, presence is mandatory for the seminars, and an examination
bonus point can be earned by submitting assignments.


Griffin, Emory A., Ledbetter, Andrew, & Sparks, Glenn. (2018, tenth
edition). A first look at communication theory. New York: McGraw-Hill
Education. ISBN 9781259913785.
Potter, W. James (2012). Media Effects. Thousand Oaks: Sage. ISBN

Additional Information

Griffin, Ledbetter, & Sparks' (2018) textbook will also be used in the
course Language, Media and Communication in period 2.

General Information

Course Code L_AABACIW102
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. L. Lagerwerf
Examiner dr. L. Lagerwerf
Teaching Staff dr. L. Lagerwerf
H.C. Mui MSc

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

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

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