Division Media Use Research

AddressGarystr. 55
14195 Berlin
Elevator at least 140 x 110 cm
Telephone+49 30 838 50832
Fax+49 30 838 4 50832

Office hours

Mondays - Fridays, during opening hours of the institute

Please note that the office of the division will not be available on October 25, 2016, due to holidays.


The Division for Media Use Research focuses on the analysis of media use and media reception in modern societies and its change through Internet and computer-mediated communication. The emphasis lies on fundamental research of long-term transformation processes of the public, particularly in the field of political communication.

Our research is reflected by the courses we offer for the institute’s study programs. In the B.A. program, we convey primary concepts of public and public opinion and theories of media use. Examples are concepts like Digital Divide, Uses and Gratifications, Selective Exposure, Framing, or the Two-Step Flow of Communication. In close cooperation with the Divisions of Media Analysis/Research Methods and Communication Theory/Media Effects we contribute to the teaching of the methodical and methodological basics of empirical research (data collection and analysis). Within the master's program, we offer research-oriented courses on current issues of media use and public communication.