Not available in 2020/21
PB420      Half Unit
Current Communication Research

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Bradley Franks QUE.3.05


This course is available on the MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology, MSc in Psychology of Economic Life, MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology and MSc in Social and Public Communication. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Students on degrees without a psychology or communications component may only attend subject to numbers, their own degree regulations and at the discretion of the teacher responsible.



Course content

The course content changes every year. It can either be a full thematic course or a collection of current research topics, and will involve contributions of staff members from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science and of visiting academics to the Department. The course provides research-led teaching on communication, using  a range of theoretical approaches and addressing a wide variety of practical issues. 


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 3 presentations and 1 other piece of coursework in the LT.

Formative assessment involves:

i. ONE written plan for an answer to an essay question, selected from a range of topics

ii. THREE group presentations on core readings

Indicative reading

The reading list varies according to the particular contents taught in each year.

Indicative readings will be made available during MT

The reading list varies according to the particular contents taught in each year.

Indicative readings will be made available during MT


Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the LT.

Summative assessment for this course comprises a 3000 word essay, submitted at the end of LT

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills