Short Course On Campus Blended

Social Media Theory and Research

Radboud University

5 days
550 EUR/full
550 EUR/full
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Social media (such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Plurk, Renren) are important new digital platforms for online social networking and microblogging to discuss all kinds of issues (serious and trivial). The Social Media Theory and Research programme is offered at the Radboud University.


Key facts:

  • The Social Media Theory and Research course at the Radboud University will introduce participants on what typical social media data (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) tells us about politicians’, journalists’ and citizens’ engagement in society. Using a multi-theoretical approach (communication political, psychological), participants will learn how to look at these actors’ online behaviour, their expressed opinions and sentiments as well as their interconnectedness (online social networks). Furthermore, attention will be devoted to the potential that social media data provide but also to the limitations of social media data.
  • Basically, whatever keeps people busy. This kind of public communication has received lots of positive but mainly negative attention in the mainstream media as well as in the social sciences. A subdivision of social media research concerns how regular people (citizens), political actors (politicians, organizations) and media professionals (journalists) use social media to share opinions about issues, create online communities and use social media strategically to inform or to win over people, e.g. to vote for them.

Programme Structure

In this course you will learn how to look at these social media data to understand how journalists, politicians, and citizens use social media. The course has three main parts: 

  • theorizing social media in general, 
  • theorizing online journalism and 
  • theorizing online political communication.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 5 days

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Even though it is not required to be experienced in statistics, having affinity with quantitative research, familiarity with as well have experience with using computers (cf. installing software) is considered helpful.

Admission Documents

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
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Technological requirements

You will need to bring your own laptop. A laptop with the following requirements should be sufficient:

  • At least 4Gb RAM memory,
  • Running Windows 8.1 or higher, or a Linux (Ubuntu 16.04 or higher),
  • Wireless internet capability.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    550 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 550 EUR for the full programme during 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    550 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 550 EUR for the full programme during 5 days.

Reduced Fee: € 495   early bird discount – deadline 1 March 2021

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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