Language, Media and Communication

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Language, Media and Communication

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies, Media 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 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.

    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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