Introduction to Communication Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Communication Studies

  • 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

    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.

    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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