Introduction to Communication Science


Course Objective

After the course the student has:
• knowledge about what communication science is, and how it is
positioned in the scientific field
• knowledge about the primary concepts, theories and working mechanisms
in communication science and is able to apply this to explain phenomena
• knowledge about different perspectives on the relation between media
and the public
• knowledge about the media landscape
• knowledge about media economics, laws and regulations

Course Content

What role do media play in how we perceive reality? Up to now You have
experienced communication primarily as a "consumer" - by watching at
television, surfing the web, and talking with your friends using social
media. From now on you will approach communication from the research
perspective. You will learn about scientific questions that have
inspired researchers, learn the concepts, theories and mechanisms with
which communication scientists work, and see examples of studies and
results. You will learn to apply science to see and understand everyday
examples of “communication at work” and how communication affects
persuasion, agenda setting, attitude change, social cohesion, and so on.
Also, you will learn about the current media landscape, with social
media at its center. During this course you will look at everyday
communication practices, including your own experiences and learn to
think about these making use of concepts and theories that are specific
to communication science.

Teaching Methods

3 lectures per week

Method of Assessment

written assignments, a midterm test and an final test

General Information

Course Code S_ICS
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. M.A. Tanis
Examiner dr. M.A. Tanis
Teaching Staff prof. dr. J. Kleinnijenhuis
dr. M.A. Tanis
M. Bommer
dr. C.J. Beukeboom

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group, Reading
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