This introductory course in communication science makes you familiar with basic concepts and theories of the different subfields. First, the most important existing definitions of communication and the dominant communication models will be described. After that, attention will be paid to two basic forms of communication: verbal and non-verbal communication. A third part of the course is dedicated to several communication levels: interpersonal communication, organisation communication and mass communication. The latter topic is treated more in detail in a fourth chapter, which describes the main media studies, researchers and theories (e.g. agenda setting, spiral of silence, two-step-flow, cultivation, uses and gratifications...). Finally, attention will be paid to "new" media (ICT) and the information society.
The topics that are introduced in this course will be further explored in the other courses of the BA and MA in Communication Sciences.