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.
How do Online Propaganda and related phenomena spread, which effects do they have and how can media users be assisted, in order to resist manipulation attempts online? Starting January 2018, the interdisciplinary junior research group “Democratic Resilience in Times of Online-Propaganda, Fake News, Fear- and Hate speech” led by Dr. Lena Frischlich will investigate these questions.
Entitled “Silversurfer 70plus. Qualitative Fallstudien zur Aneignung des Internets in der Rentenphase“, Prof. Jutta Röser and the Students from her research seminar at the Department of Communication (IfK) published their findings.
How can collaboration of municipal communication in the different departments of a city become organized future-oriented, while its duties and responsibilities are increasingly extensive? The project „Interfaces and Collaboration in Municipal Communication“ which is conducted in cooperation with the city of Münster, is aiming to answer this question. The project starts at December 1st and will be led by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Röttger and Dominik Czeppel.
Led by Dr. Thomas Birkner (WWU) and Dr. Benjamin Krämer (LMU), the new DFG-project “Media Biographies of German Chancellors” aims to explore the significance of the media in the chancellors’ biographies. Sebastian Mallek (IfK Muenster) and Katharina Schmidt (IfKW Muenchen) will be research assistants in the two-year project, funded with 250.000 Euro from the DFG.
On July 28th, 2017, the Münster Department of Communication (IfK) celebrated the 78 graduations. One doctorate, 10 master graduates and 67 bachelor graduates received the congratulations Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt, managing director of the Department of Communication.
In this year’s 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA,) which takes place from May 25th to May 29th 2017 in San Diego/USA, researchers from the Department of Communication of the University of Münster (IfK) take part with 26 contributions. This conference’s title is “Interventions: Communication Research and Practice”.
Guest presentation by Canadian researcher Prof. Mary-Lynn Young
The media sector and journalism in particular are subject to a massive change. This also affects the work conditions and the job market for comm studies alumni. Many newcomers, but also established journalists turn to innovative and flexible start ups instead of the traditional media companies. Canadian professor Mary-Lynn Young from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, will discuss the challenges of launching a journalistic start up. She will draw from her own practical experiences in the world of start-ups and ‚slightly different’ journalism.