COG Introduction to Communication Theory

Course content

The course aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of key communication theories. It also aims to provide an introduction to applying these theories in empirical research related to communicative and cognitive processes. Students are introduced to the dominant research strategies (i.e. qualitative and quantitative) and common research designs within social science. The course also introduces the key stages in small-scale research projects, common methods for sampling, data collection and data analysis, and the academic genre of research proposals. In connection hereto, advantages and limitations of various designs and methods are discussed.


The Master’s Programme in Cognition and Communication, 2024-curriculum: 



Learning outcome

At the examination, the student can demonstrate: Knowledge and understanding of • key theories, models, and concepts in the field of communication theory, including interpersonal, networked, and mass communication. • the role of media and technology in communication processes and behaviours. • cognitive, cultural, and contextual factors that shape communication practices and meaning-making. • Skills in • identifying, analyzing, and interpreting different forms of interpersonal, networked, and mass communication processes. • identifying, analyzing, and interpreting specific cognitive, cultural, and contextual factors and their role in communication processes. • Competencies in • applying communication theories, models, and concepts to analyze real-world communication phenomena. • critically assessing the role of technological, cognitive, cultural, and contextual factors in real-world communication phenomena. • communicating effectively and coherently about communication processes and theories in both oral and written forms.

The course involves weekly lectures, and individual and group exercises. The method of instruction is typically a mixture between lectures, class discussion, group work, individual presentations, and exercises.

The course literature consists of an introductory textbook in social science research, select chapters and excerpts from textbooks and works in communication theory, and classic and contemporary research papers.

No background in communication theory or empirical research is assumed.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Exam registration requirements

The active class participation consists of: • Minimum 75% class attendance • Approval of three exercises (form and extend are described in the course description at • Student peer feedback on two of the exercises.

Exam period

January 2025


February 2025

Criteria for exam assessment

Form of exam: Take-home assignment, optional subject, following active class participation.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • English
  • 409,5


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 semester

Study Board of Communication
Contracting department
  • Department of Communication
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Andreas Lindegaard Gregersen   (3-7076814f77847c3d7a843d737a)

Andreas Gregersen

Saved on the 30-04-2024

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