Introduction to Communication Studies
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
To acquire knowledge of prominent theories of communication;
To acquire knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of communication studies (intertwining psychological, sociological, and language theories);
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.
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 used next to, and in connection with, each other. As a result, many different theories of how people communicate with each other have been developed, focusing on the language they use, their psychological preoccupations, or societal effects of communication messages. 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.
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.
TYPE 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.
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