Project 1 Finding the Real Message

Dit vak wordt in het Engels aangeboden. Omschrijvingen kunnen daardoor mogelijk alleen in het Engels worden weergegeven.

Doel vak

After completing this project, students will be able to
• find and paraphrase relevant scientific literature
• to establish links between the topics and theory in the subjects of
semester one and
• use this information to draw up a self-formulated research question
• write a short theoretical paper
• collect data through qualitative research methods (systematic
observation and/or interview)
• present qualitative findings to a non-scientific audience through a
blog post

Inhoud vak

How do we determine whether the information we receive is truthful? To
what extent is it problematic if we receive fake information? Every day,
we receive a lot of new information about our world: this ranges from
more distant news events to closer personal/social events. During this
process of information transmission, there are many factors that could
influence how the information is finally interpreted by the receiver. A
relevant and timely question concerns the reliability and truth of
In this project, students will investigate their own information
network and media use and compare it to the networks of members of
different social groups, e.g., generations, cultures, or social
backgrounds. Students will conduct qualitative research focusing on a
self-developed research question, based on information from the courses
Introduction to Communication Science, News and Journalism, and
Interpersonal Communication. The question will relate to the differences
between groups in how they acquire, receive, perceive and use media and
how they determine what is ‘realistic’ and ‘truthful’. By doing
interviews and/or observations, both methods that are taught during the
Social Research Methodology course, students will describe these
differences. The end product will be a blog and a small paper.


This course consists of small working groups and individual


The course will be assessed by a number of products:
• Theoretical paper on how information shapes our reality and how the
truthfulness of information is determined, based on theory from the
parallel courses.
• Interviews and/or systematic observations.
• Blog post about the findings based on interviews, observations and


Literature from parallel courses is used. Students have to find
additional literature to answer their research question.


Bachelor Communication Science

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

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

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_P1FRM
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1+2+3
Vakniveau 100
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. W.H. van Atteveldt
Docenten dr. K.E. Balint
D. van Huijstee MSc

Praktische informatie

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