Study programme 2020-2021Français
Communications Theories
Programme component of Bachelor's in Human and Social Sciences à l"School of Human and Social Sciences

Students are asked to consult the ECTS course descriptions for each learning activity (AA) to know what special Covid-19 assessment methods are possibly planned for the end of Q3

CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
UH-B1-SCHUMS-020-MCompulsory UELIBERT ManonH950 - Info-Com
  • LIBERT Manon

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français30000044.002nd term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
H-SICO-100Communications Theories300000Q2100.00%
H-SICO-101Mock exam in Communication Theories00000Q2?%
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the fundamentals (theories and tools) in human and social sciences
    • Identify and explain the basic theoretical trends in various fields of human sciences (law, economics, management, history, psychology, etc.) and their applications.
    • Understand the social environment and the way it works, as well as the role played by different social, economic and political agents
    • Analyse historical and contemporary phenomena of societies.
  • Apply transferable skills, such as analysis and critical thinking, thoroughness, independence, and teamwork
    • Demonstrate a critical mind, ethical values and independent judgment issues of human and social sciences.

Learning Outcomes of UE

At the end of the course, students should be able to understand and explain the main theories of communication, put them into context and discuss their evolution.

Content of UE

The course Théories de la communication is aimed at students starting a Bachelor's degree in Humanities and Social Sciences. Its objective is to apprehend communication as an object of study in the social sciences, through its main definitions and approaches. The course analyses the main theoretical currents and postures that have marked the study of interpersonal and mass communication since the beginning of the 20th century. The behaviourist approach, functionalist theories, mathematical communication theory and the orchestral model of communication are some of the theoretical reference points discussed. The course seeks to highlight the links between the theories of communication and the economic, cultural, ideological or scientific contexts in which they have taken place.


Prior Experience

Not applicable

Type of Assessment for UE in Q2

  • Written examination

Q2 UE Assessment Comments

Not applicable

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Written examination

Q3 UE Assessment Comments


Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux
  • Conférences
  • Remédiations intégrées à un type d'AA

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face to face
  • Face to face
  • From a distance

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
H-SICO-100The PowerPoint presentations used during the sessions will be made available to the students. These PowerPoint presentations will be progressively posted on the teaching platform Moodle. Scientific and professional texts will also be posted on Moodle.
H-SICO-101Not applicable

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
H-SICO-101Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
H-SICO-100Quelques références bibliographiques : Buhler, M. (1974). Schémas d'études et modèles de communication. Communication et langages, n°24, pp. 3143 ; Breton, P., Proulx, S. (1996). L'explosion de la Communication. Paris, La Découverte ; Hall, S., Albaret, M., Gamberini, M.C. (1994). Codage/décodage. Réseaux, 12, n°68 ; McLuhan, M. (1990, 1ère éd. 1964). Pour comprendre les médias. Les prolongements technologiques de l'homme. Seuil ; Maigret, E. (2015). Sociologie de la communication et des médias, Paris, Armand Colin ; Mattelart, A., Mattelart, M. (2004). Histoires des théories de la communication. Paris, La Découverte ; Meunier, J. (2003). Approches systémiques de la communication: Systémisme, mimétisme, cognition. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique: De Boeck Supérieur.
H-SICO-101Not applicable

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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