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The Department of Communication (IfK) is one of leading institutes in research and teaching in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In the latest university rankings, drawn up by the Centre for Higher Education Development (Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung), Communication Science of the University of Münster achieved top marks in all the categories assessed.

About the Department of Communication

The IfK – hosted at the University of Münster – is one of the oldest institutes of communication science in Germany. The IfK holds a library, a press archive, a training editorial office, radio and TV studio and a computer-pool.

Communication science deals primarily with questions about functions, structures and effects of public communication. Therefore the IfK deals mainly with the subjects of the public sphere, recipients, changes of media structures and media content and research into communication professionals as well as communication graduates.

Communication Science has developed a lot of intersections with other disciplines because of its subject – i.e. public communication and media phenomena. This orientation towards subjects like Political Science, Psychology, Economics or Law fosters interdisciplinarity.

Since the start of winter term 2006/2007 you can achieve the degree of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication Science. A Master- and a doctoral Programme are about to start. For applications please take a look at the central page.


News

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[24.03.2014] Are online gamers socially isolated or do they find new friends while gaming? Emese Domahidi, Ruth Festl and Thorsten Quandt (Department of Communication/Münster University) examine in their newest study “To dwell among gamers: Investigating the relationship between social online game use and gaming-related friendships“ the relationship between digital games use and users’ sociability. read more …

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Too shy for friends? IfK study investigating online video game involvement among shy players

[31.03.2014] With the advent of new social technologies, researchers have become increasingly interested in the functionality of mediated social spaces as environments where individuals can meet new people and gather with old friends. Due to their accessibility and the range of social affordances provided by these spaces (i.e., visual anonymity, asynchronicity), mediated social environments (i.e., chat rooms, online forums, online games) are believed to be particularly valuable for socially vulnerable populations including the lonely, depressed, socially anxious, and socially unskilled. Of particular interest has been the potential for these spaces to provide tangible social benefits to shy individuals. While researchers have found shyness to holdsignificant relationships with social uses of the Internet, it remains unknown whether the increased involvement within these spaces is contributing to tangible social benefits, such as increased social support or an expansion of one's social circles.read more…