Comparative communication research
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-SCS117
Credits (ECTS)6
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Social and Cultural Sciences;
dr. D. Petropoulos-Petalas
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.R.M. Vergeer
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.R.M. Vergeer
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. M.R.M. Vergeer
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2017
PER3  (05/02/2018 to 15/04/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISNo
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

Knowledge: Students obtain up-to-date knowledge and insight in the important theories on journalism,  political communication and public opinion research in the context of social media, new media and social networks.
Skills: Students are able to critically discuss the theoretical and empirical literature and are able to orally present the theoretical frameworks and empirical results.
Attitudes: Students develop an analytical and critical attitude toward communication issues in science and society. Students demonstrate academic integrity, which is reflected in the awareness of their own limitations, the willingness to revise one's own position and to do justice to the work of others.


The Internet as a platform for people to use has become very popular. People spend many hours surfing the Web, watching videos on YouTube and sharing their status updates and opinions on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. These Internet platforms are also taking over or at least invading traditional forms of journalism and political communication.
This course will focus on how in journalism social media are being used to disseminate news and as well as a means for creating social capital. Politicians at the same time can use social media to circumvent journalism by talking to citizens directly and personalize politics in doing so. Citizens use social media and the Web to voice their opinions on societal issues into the public sphere.
This course will focus on the implications for journalism, politics as well as public opinion. Several relevant communication science theories and network theories will be used to understand the role of these media in journalism, political communication and societal communication.


Test information
Written exam

Required materials
To be announced
Literature to be announced at the start of the course.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Student assignments
Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4