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Master in Communication, 120 hec

Year 1, autumn

Theory of Communication, 7,5 hec
Intercultural Communication I, 7.5 hec
Interpersonal Communication, 7.5 hec
Organizational Communication, 7,5 hec

Year 1, spring

Research Methods, 7,5 hec
Intercultural Communication II, 7,5 hec
Communication Technology, 7,5 hec
Communication among Professionals, 7,5 hec

Year 2, autumn

* Intercultural Communication III, 7,5 hec
* Multimodal Communication, 7,5 hec
* Strategic Communication and Leadership, 7,5 hec
* Rhetoric and Argumentation in the Digital Age, 7,5 hec

Year 2, spring
Degree project, 30, hec

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are elective courses.


Course descriptions

Theory of Communication, 7.5 hec
This course introduces students to theories that typically inform present-day state-of-the-art research in the discipline of communication studies as well older theories whose influence is still more or less directly felt in the discipline. In addition to giving an overview of these grander, ‘macro’ theories, the course also introduces students to theories relevant to specific domains within the discipline of communication studies (e.g. theories of interpersonal communication, theories of communication technology, theories of organizational communication, etc.).

Intercultural Communication I, 7.5 hec
The course studies different perspectives on the notion of culture and cultural differences, specifically culturally conditioned differences in communication patterns, processes of misunderstanding and understanding in intercultural communication, differences in values and views are addressed. In addition, the course also deals with ethical issues as well as power relations in intercultural communication.

Interpersonal Communication, 7.5 hec
The course offers insights into important areas of interpersonal communication, such as bodily communication and prosody, and the interplay between feelings, attitudes and objective content in communication. In addition, communication dependent on basic social relations such as family and friendship relations as well as gender related aspects in communication are addressed.

Organizational Communication, 7.5 hec
The course discusses the research developments, methods and key issues in the field of organizational communication. Approaching from both internal and external communication angles, the course discusses concepts and problems encompassing organizational culture, leadership and change, knowledge management, stakeholder and relationship management, cooperation and networking, ethics and corporate social responsibility, conflict, power and resistance as well as risk and crisis communication.

Research Methods, 7.5 hec
The course presents research methods relevant for the study of communication, such as observation, discourse analysis, surveys, and interviews. As part of the course, the students carry out an empirical study of communication using some of the mentioned methods. The students apply modern theories of communication to a concrete context and observe, document, and reflect on communication processes.

Intercultural Communication II, 7.5 hec
The course illustrates and applies notions and theories in intercultural communication within different areas, e.g. business, health care, education, IT, immigration/emigration and media.

Communication Technology, 7.5 hec
This course studies different types of communication technologies from an analytical perspective, providing students with a toolbox of theories as well as a practical approaches to understand the relations between technology, communication and social organization.

Communication among professionals, 7.5 hec
This advanced course on organizational communication centers on organizational discourse and organizational framing. It focuses on the use of written and oral communication in professional settings as well as its implications for processes of identity building and identification, socialization, developing workplace relations, exercising power and control within and outside of organizations as well as shaping the perception of organizations. It also introduces discourse analysis as an approach to empirically investigate these phenomena.

* Intercultural Communication III, 7.5 hec
The course includes an in-depth analysis and understanding of how and when intercultural differences are relevant and when they are not. Specific themes included in the course are intercultural power differences, intercultural cooperation, intercultural conflict and conflict management, culture and rhetoric, and intercultural leadership.

* Multimodal Communication, 7.5 hec
The course studies communication that uses more than one sense modality. Particular focus is directed on the use of speech, gestures and facial expressions in face-to-face communication, cultural variations in how different sense modality are used, how to best combine different sense modalities for different purposes, how to use multimodal communication for communicative disorders and how to develop multimodal agents for communication between human and computer.

* Strategic Communication and Leadership, 7.5 hec
This advanced course introduces strategic communication and leadership as interdisciplinary fields of research and practice, and familiarizes students with key challenges in both fields as well as the theoretical and methodological approaches to tackle them. It covers both internal and external communication as components of integrated organizational communication. The course includes a practical component in developing own strategic communication concepts based on selected real life cases.

* Rhetoric and Argumentation in the Digital Age, 7.5 hec
Communicating in the modern, digital age requires knowledge and skills how to influence people using digital media. The course provides an overview of the historical background of theories of rhetoric and argumentation. The students are then given the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge of rhetoric and argumentation in practice by preparing and carrying out individual speeches suitable for different contexts and through different digital media, as well as practicing debating in an academic environment.

Degree project, 30 hec
The degree project course displays the student’s ability to formulate relevant research questions, to find and evaluate information and data in an independent and critical way, and to write a scientific thesis within a given period of time.


Related documents

Master in Communication programme syllabus

Master in Communication timeline

NB! Students who have started their studies in autumn 2017 still follow this programme structure: MICprogrammedoc2017.pdf

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