ZURn6211 Theory and Research of Online Communication

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Lenka Dědková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Hana Macháčková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jakub Mikuška (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. David Šmahel, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Marie Bedrošová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lenka Dědková, Ph.D.
Department of Media Studies and Journalism - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Bc. Pavlína Brabcová
Supplier department: Department of Media Studies and Journalism - Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 16:00–17:40 AVC
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 22/25, only registered: 5/25, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 3/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the specifics of online communication, its theoretical framing, various forms, and the ways to research it.
Learning outcomes
Students will:
- know theories that focus on computer-mediated communication and human behavior in various online environments
- understand the terms of synchronous and asynchronous communication, cueless environment, online disinhibition
- be able to describe how context and environmental specifics, perceptions and individual's personality affect one's behavior online
  • The course covers following topics:
  • - Communication theories
  • - Specifics of different online environments
  • - Anonymity, disinhibition, online self-disclosure - Lying and pretending online
  • - Self-presentation on social-networking sites
  • - Communication within online communitites
  • - Credibility of online information
  • - Risky online communication of children and adolescents
  • - Online fraudulent content
  • - Aggressive behavior online
  • - Cyberhate and discrimination
  • ŠEVČÍKOVÁ, Anna, Lukas BLINKA, Alena ČERNÁ, Lenka DĚDKOVÁ, Hana MACHÁČKOVÁ and David ŠMAHEL. Děti a dospívající online: Vybraná rizika používání internetu (Children and adolescents: Selected risks of internet use). Praha: Grada Publishing, a.s., 2014. 184 pp. Psyché. ISBN 978-80-247-5010-1. info
  • SUBRAHMANYAM, Kaveri and David ŠMAHEL. Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development. New York: Springer, 2010. 248 pp. Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development. ISBN 1-4419-6277-8. URL info
  • VALKENBURG, Patti. Children's responses to the screen : a media psychological approach. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004. viii, 164. ISBN 0805847642. info
  • GILES, David. Media psychology. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, 2003. x, 324. ISBN 0805840494. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars, and reading.
Assessment methods
Attendance, presentation, final essay.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.

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