Introduction to Communication Science

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Communication Science

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    After completion of 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.

    The course Introduction to Communication Science is specifically designed for students who have no background in communication science. The course offers students a broad introduction to communication theory by introducing a wide variety of theories that can be perceived as “the classics” and providing students with an integrative perspective on the field. After completion, students should understand the theories, know the research that supports it, see useful applications in their lives, and be aware of the theory’s possible flaws.

    3 lectures per week

    A midterm test and an final test

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