Communication Psychology


Communication psychology is the subfield of psychology that focuses on phenomena of human verbal and nonverbal communication. This lecture focuses on the construction of reality from a communication theory perspective. It relates to media psychology with regard to contents on mediated communication and media technology-related communication behaviors.

Specific Contents

  • Terminology and definition
  • Basic theories on human communication from ethological, sociological and psychological perspectives
  • Communication as social construction of reality, system-theory approaches to explain communication
  • Verbal communication
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Gender-specific communication
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Methods in communication research

Learning Goals

Goal of this module is to enable students to define, describe and evaluate the different theoretical approaches to the phenomena of human communication. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge in selected content areas, describe the main findings in the primary areas of scientific research within communication psychology, and transfer this knowledge about human communication to application fields such as organizational communication or human–computer interaction.

Academic Assessment

Written exam with a duration of 60 minutes or oral exam with a duration of 20 minutes.