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Communication Theories and Methods

Code 8070
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 15
Workload OT(15H)/S(45H)
Scientific area Communication Sciences
Entry requirements None
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes The main objective of the curricular unit is to enable students to produce an early version of their doctoral project.
By the end of the curricular unit, the student should be able to:
- Acknowledge the need for a scientific attitude in the study of communicational phenomena;
- Correlate the main theories and methods of communication;
- Characterize the various stages and processes of communication sciences research;
- Develop a doctoral research project.

Syllabus 1. Research theories and methods in communication sciences: their relationship.
2. Stages of the research process: the project.
3. Research methods and techniques.
4. Development of a doctoral research project (early version).
Main Bibliography Denzin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. S. (Eds.) (2011). The Sage handbook of qualitative research (4th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Perosanz, J. J. I. (2006). Métodos cuantitativos de investigación en comunicación. Barcelona: Bosch.
Serra, J. P. (2007). Manual de teoria da comunicação. Covilhã: Livros Labcom.
Wimmer, R. D., & Dominick, J. R. (2011). Mass media research: an introduction (9th edition). Boston, MA: Wadsworth.

A supplementary bibliography will be indicated to each student, depending on the topic of his research project.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Elaboration of a research project, with a maximum of 15 pages, to be presented and discussed, at the end of the semester, before the lecturers of the course, with a weight of 70% in the final grade. Elaboration of a draft scientific article to be submitted to a journal of the specialty, with a weight of 30% in the final grade. Students who obtain a minimum of 10 (ten) values will be approved. Attendance is required in at least 75% of classes.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-01-28

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