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Master in Communication, 120 credits

Year 1, autumn

Theory of Communication, 7.5 credits
Intercultural Communication I, 7.5 credits
Interpersonal Communication, 7.5 credits
Organizational Communication, 7.5 credits

Year 1, spring

Research Methods, 7.5 credits
Intercultural Communication II, 7.5 credits
Communication Technology, 7.5 credits
Communication among Professionals, 7.5 credits

Year 2, autumn

* Intercultural Communication III, 7.5 credits
* Digital Communication, 7.5 credits
* Strategic Communication and Leadership, 7.5 credits
* Rhetoric and Argumentation in the Digital Age, 7.5 credits

Year 2, spring
Degree project, 30 credits

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

Course descriptions

Theory of Communication, 7.5 credits
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 credits
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 credits
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 credits
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 credits
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 credits
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 credits
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 credits
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 credits
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.

* Digital Communication, 7.5 credits
This elective course focuses on digital communication artefacts – texts produced and received as sequences of ‘1’-s and ‘0’-s – with a particular interest in those that are (i) the result of careful and/or laborious work (e.g. webpages, film, much social media content, etc.) and (ii) have some intended purpose in mind (e.g. entertaining, selling and other types of influencing, informing, etc.). The course seeks to understand how the authors of digital artefacts combine different forms of ‘page-based’ communication (e.g. still-image, moving-image, written-text, spoken-text, music, colour, layout, etc.). Students will be introduced to web-design, eye-tracking equipment and other techniques for producing and analysing digital communication in a principled, methodical way.

* Strategic Communication and Leadership, 7.5 credits
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 credits
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 credits
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.

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