CPT-15806 Philosophy of Communication and Society


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work0
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)drs. LFP Pijnenburg
Lecturer(s)drs. LFP Pijnenburg
IH Ruisch
Examiner(s)drs. LFP Pijnenburg

Language of instruction:



The course introduces philosophical and normative issues (in a wide sense), related to the role of communication within the larger context of science, economy, politics and society. Students are prepared for reflexively looking at, and normatively evaluating (a) the role of communication specialists in society and (b) the possible frictions and tensions that emerge when communication is put to use an instrument for solving societal problems.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
a. understand the basic insights from the philosophy of social science and apply them to the field of social science;
b. understand the basic insights from ethics and apply them to concrete cases;
c. distinguish between the normative aspects of different forms of communication;
d. reflect on and understand their role as communication specialist within the wider context of society;
e. analyse the theoretical and normative relations between society, politics, democracy, communication, public debate, autonomy, civil society, economy and science;
f. understand and apply three most important concepts of democracy to point c, d and e.


12 hrs lectures, 12 hrs group work, 6 hrs tutorial and 138 hrs self study.


- participation group assignment (5%);
- presentation (10%);
- paper (group work) (45%);
- (written) exam (40%).
To pass the student needs a minimum mark of 5.5 for each element.


Will be distributed.

Compulsory for: BCLCommunication and Life SciencesBSc2AF