Language, Media and Communication
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Communication, Media Studies
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
To acquire knowledge of the research field of language and communication. To understand the dynamics between media types and language use. To learn how media affect communication processes. To develop analytical skills with respect to variations in language use as a result of media type.
In this course, students will develop an understanding of the dynamics between different media types and language use. Specifically, the affordances of the medium determine possibilities for communication between participants and the ways in which language is used. During the course, students will learn to analyse the form and context of media messages using different communication theories, such as uncertainty reduction theory, media equation theory, and technological determinism.
During six weeks, there will be two explanatory lectures and one seminar per week. During the seminars, attention will be paid to understanding and applying the central notions of the course readings and preparing for the exam.
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Multiple choice exam (100%) Weekly assignments in which you apply the central notions of course readings to different case studies. The weekly assignments are graded as 'fail' or 'pass'.
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