Theories in Information and Communication

lcomu1211  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Theories in Information and Communication
5 credits
30.0 h + 20.0 h
Degand Amandine (compensates Grevisse Benoît); Grevisse Benoît;
Main themes
On the basis of the paradigm evolution, this course details the theories and the analysis of mass communication, the functionalist perspectives and critical sociology in the diverse currents of contemporary analysis of communication and information. From the point of view of the envisaged subject, the student will be brought to perceive the logic of continuity developed between the courses SESP 1227 and SESP 1160, Communication and Information I. The course of Literature and society (SESP 1209) appears as a continuation of the present course by a deeper understanding of the mass communications in a particular field, in particular through the approach of the Cultural Studies.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The aim of this course is to give the student a base of theoretical skills in the field of the communication. In this way, it joins a logic of specialization following the course of Communication and Information I. The student will be brought to understand the concepts and the methods of the main research currents. Beyond the simple identification of the diverse theories of the communicational approach, the student will be able to place them among the analysis currents of the contemporary world.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The lectures will regularly send to representative texts of these main currents. A bibliography as well as a database of founder texts on mass communications analysis will allow the student to actively complete these lectures. The exercises will be dedicated to the analysis of particular subjects, on the basis of referenced authors texts proposed in portfolio of texts.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Information and Communication

Minor in Information and Communication