The world is filled with wicked problems. We face situations that are difficult to address, given that knowledge is incomplete or contradictory, the large number of people and opinions involved, and the interconnectedness with other problems. In this module, students get to choose one of these global contemporary problems, and analyse the role of communication in the emergence of the problem. The goal is to propose a step forward in which communication plays a central role. How can communication scholars contribute to a better world? Students will have to address the different perspectives on the nature, causes, consequences and proposed solutions to this problem, and be reflexive about their own position. We will explore ethical and philosophical paradigms to cope with the complexity. This is a socalled "stretch module", which means that it is scheduled parallel to the Bachelor's thesis.
P: COMMUNICATION AND A BETTER WORLD
In this module component, students will identify a problem (with a group of two people) and reflect on the dynamics of the issue at hand, paying special attention to the communication issues at stake.
T: RESEARCH PARADIGMS AND ETHICS
In this module component, students will receive the tools for structured reflections, including: research paradigms in communication science, philosophical schools of thinking about social reality, and ethics.
R: QUALITATIVE METHODS 4
In this module component, students will use different methods to gain insight into the nature of the problem and possible solutions. These will include literature review and media analysis.
S: REFLECTION IN ACTION
In this module component, students will practice with actual reflection: what it is like to use several competing perspectives, and how to discuss differences.