LET-CIWB200-IBC
Philosophical Reflection
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-CIWB200-IBC
Credits (ECTS)5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Communication and Information Studies;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
R. Riemersma, MA
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Lecturer
R. Riemersma, MA
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Contactperson for the course
R. Riemersma, MA
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Examiner
R. Riemersma, MA
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Academic year2022
Period
PER 1-PER 2  (05/09/2022 to 29/01/2023)
Starting block
PER 1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
The student is able to 
  • read and understand philosophical texts;
  • characterize a number of important philosophers from the history of philosophy and their points of view on communication;
  • explain some central philosophical concepts and debates;
  • analyze some contemporary societal issues from a philosophical perspective;
  • offer a better substantiated and critical judgment of these issues.
Content
This course offers you a philosophical reflection on the fundamentals and the limits of your discipline, communication studies. By means of a reflection on the theme of communication, this course also offers an introduction to some of the canonical western philosophers. 

In the history of philosophy, the topics of language and communication are of central. The reflection on these topics begins with the controversy between philosophy and sophists and the question of how language is to be used - does it only serve the purpose of convincing other people or should one be oriented towards the goal of obtaining the truth on a certain subject matter? From this question, different other questions arise: Can we understand language (and communication) as a mere instrument or tool for humans to use of are language and communication much more intricately connected to being-human? What is an ethics of communication? When is communication rational and when is it a tool of power? 

There will be one assignment during the term: a group presentation plus small report on one of the texts from the course book.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
Only accessible to students of the BA International Business Communication.
Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Texts
Title:Additional text will be made available via Brightspace
Book
Note that this book is available as an electronic text via website of the university library (and your university account). This book is mainly used for the group assignment.
ISBN:9780262516976
Title:Philosophy of Communication
Author:Brankle G. Chang, Garnet C. Butchart (eds)
Publisher:Boston, MA: MIT-Press, 2012

Instructional modes
Lecture

Tests
Assignments
Test weight30
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 3

Minimum grade
5,5

Written exam
Test weight70
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade
5,5