CPT-12806 Communication Theory


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. R Lie
Lecturer(s)dr. R Lie
Examiner(s)dr. R Lie

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This course offers a survey of communication theories. The emphasis is on interpersonal communication, public forms of communication and on the broad sociological functioning of old and new communication and information technologies and processes. Attention is given to the history of communication thoughts by situating and discussing key theories and thinkers in the frame of historical development. Attention is also given to the history of communication science as a discipline, its philosophical groundings, its founding fathers and the development of different kinds of communication models.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- outline the development of communication theories and models;

- explain the main communication theories and their underlying assumptions, and;

- apply communication theories to existing processes of communication.


- literature study;

- (guest) lectures;

- workshops and discussion


Written exam (incl. literature study) (100%);
Participation in tutorials and classes as well as the completion of practical assignments are a compulsory prerequisite to pass.


To be announced.

Compulsory for: BCLCommunication and Life SciencesBSc2AF
Restricted Optional for: WUCCHBSc Minor Communication for Change2AF
WUCHSBSc Minor Communication, Health and Society2AF