HCCK03251U Communication Theory and Empirical Methodologies

Volume 2018/2019

Master's in Cognition and Communication, 2015-Curriculum


The module gives students:

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • the interdisciplinary nature of cognitive science and its different frameworks - from the classical computational models to connectionism

· ways in which key concepts are introduced and used by different frameworks

  • ways in which cognitive processes and human behaviour can be described and explained at various levels of explanation (ranging from descriptions of cognitive tasks to neurobiological implementation)
  • key notions in contemporary philosophy of psychology and philosophy of


Skills to:

  • describe and explain how applications of cognitive science may have relevance for communication
  • apply cognitive theories and methodologies to situations and problems of


Competencies to:

  • reflect on the different possible interpretations of theory and these interpretations’ relationships to each other in relations to issues in communication
  • identify ways in which cognitive factors constrain and determine communicative actions and content.


Students are able to:

  • account descriptively and critically for key theories of communication
  • discuss and evaluate the relevance of various communication theories with

regard to a particular instance of communication of the student's own choice (face-to-face and/or technologically mediated).

  • account descriptively and critically for key empirical methodologies
  • operationalize relevant aspects of one or more communication theories

with regard to a particular instance, purpose, and context of communication 

  • develop and substantiate such operationalization in the form of an empirical research design which takes into account the medium, genre and social context in question
  • discuss and evaluate the proposed operationalization with due consideration to the chosen method(s) as well as both theoretical and empirical aspects of communication studies.
Learning Outcome

Master's in Cognition and Communication, 2015-Curriculum:
Module 2: Communication Theory and Empirical Methodologies: HCCK03251E

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Course Preparation
  • 353,5
  • Total
  • 409,5
Type of assessment
Written examination
Criteria for exam assesment