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Introduction to Communication Studies

Temelji komunikologije

Course credits:

6.00 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 30 hours of exercises, 0 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Maruša Pušnik


  • Tch. Asst. Katja Koren Ošljak
  • Tch. Asst. Anamarija Šiša
  • Tch. Asst. Dr. Andrej Škerlep






First semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of Communication studies - Marketing Communication and Public Relations
  • Undergraduate Programme of Cultural studies - Studies of Culture and Creativity
  • Undergraduate Programme of Defence Studies
  • Undergraduate Programme of International Relations
  • Undergraduate Programme of Journalism
  • Undergraduate Programme of Media and Communication Studies
  • Undergraduate Programme of Political Science - Public Policies and Sdministration
  • Undergraduate Programme of Political Science - Studies of Politics and the State
  • Undergraduate Programme of Social Informatics
  • Undergraduate Programme of Sociology
  • Undergraduate Programme of Sociology - Human Resources Management

Short content

The course informs students about the basic definitions of communication and different communication practices. The basic elements of communication studies as a scientific discipline are presented, introducing to students information-functionalist as well as discursive-critical approaches to communication. The course presents classical and new models of communication and media. Various levels of communication in society are presented, functions and effects of media and communication are analyzed, and practices of professional communication are described. A brief historical overview of the development and use of communication technologies is given, with particular reference to the period of the last 150 years, especially the development of digital media that highlights the central place of communication in the modern global information society. The course also describes the critical theory of the public sphere, which highlights the historical development of the institutional conditions of public communication and the rights and responsibilities of those who are involved in public debates, which in turn form a public opinion. However, most attention is devoted to the research of the role of media in the cultural landscape as well as of media and their social power. The course illuminates the political and cultural economy of the media and their role in the global market. In the scope of critical discursive model we also deal with media text and discourse, analyzing them in the context of contemporary myths and ideologies. Finally, we also move to the reception, media consumption, and to the research of media audiences. Our attention is given also to the new digital media and mobile communication, whereby we get acquainted with the concepts of media convergence and mediatization of social practices.

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