Free Online Course on Introduction to Communication Science


The University of Amsterdam is offering free online course on Introduction to Communication Science. In this course, we look at how and why communication evolved as a science and reflect on today’s dominant paradigms.

Upon completion of this course, students should have knowledge of the history and development of communication science. The course will start on February 20, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Commitment: 28 hours of videos and assignments
Subject: Communication Science
Institution: University of Amsterdam and Coursera
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Starts on February 20, 2017

Providers’ Details

University of Amsterdam

A modern university with a rich history, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy. Today, with more than 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and 285 study programmes (Bachelor’s and Master’s), many of which are taught in English, and a budget of more than 600 million euros, it is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. It is a member of the League of European Research Universities and also maintains intensive contact with other leading research universities around the world.

About This Course

Since Antiquity, scholars have appreciated the importance of communication: as social beings, we cannot exist without communication. We need to interact with people around us, to make sense of the world and to position ourselves in a wider social and cultural reality. In this course, we look at how and why communication evolved as a science and reflect on today’s dominant paradigms. The course also extends beyond the boundaries of communication science itself, exploring dimensions of history, sociology and psychology. Join our class, together with people all over the world.

Why take this Course

Introduction to Communication Science explores some of the basic theories, models and concepts from the fields of mass, interpersonal and intrapersonal communication. The course begins with a consideration of several basic models, subsequently progressing to the history of communication theory, linear effect-oriented theories, the reception approach and, finally, exploring theories on the production and reinforcement of culture through communication.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should:

  • Have knowledge of the history and development of communication science;
  • Have knowledge of the dominant theoretical approaches within communication science;
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the most important models and concepts in this field.


Rutger Graaf, PhD

Graduate School of Communication Science

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create a Coursera account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.

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