CPT-33806 Advanced Communication Science

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Lecture19
Tutorial8
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr DJ Ludwig
prof. dr. HFM te Molder
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. HFM te Molder
dr DJ Ludwig
Examiner(s)dr DJ Ludwig
prof. dr. HFM te Molder

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

This course is for master students of Communication, Health and Life Sciences. Other students have to have a social scientific background and finished at least two CPT courses.

Contents:

This course provides the start of the masters programme Communication, Health and Life Sciences. It explores the latest developments in the field of communication science and offers an anthology of topics in the main interest area of our research such as framing in conflicts, online interactions on food and health, monitoring system innovation and stakeholder participation mediated by filming.
The course provides a journey along a diversity of fields typical of Wageningen University, such as agriculture and land use; food and health; and nature, water and environment. The programme concentrates on processes of innovation and social change and the role of communication therein, whether as deliberate communicative intervention or as people's daily communication strategies.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- participate in scientific discussions on actual developments linked to the communication science groups in the fields of Wageningen University;
- describe and discuss critically the possibilities and the problems of using the theoretical perspectives in the empirical studies that are introduced in the lectures;
- use the theories presented in examples of their interest in an exploratory way;
- discuss critically the relevance and appropriateness of diverse research approaches for some specific research questions.

Activities:

The course meetings consist of lectures and group discussions. Each lecture will be given by another guest-lecturer who is or was involved in the Chair Group Communication Science. Students actively participate in classroom discussions, write two individual essays about one of the topics covered and study related literature. As such the course prepares master students to do their own research. The literature will be provided on the course site. It contains important recent thinking in communication science and other relevant social disciplines and examples of empirical research. Relevant literature has to be read before each meeting. At every meeting the last hour will be spent on a discussion in the group based on statements prepared by the students.

Examination:

- contribution to the group work (10%);
- individual paper (45%);
- written exam with open questions (45%).

Literature:

Available in Brightspace.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: MCHCommunication, Health and Life SciencesMScA: Communication and Innovation1AF