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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Journalism

Programme code:BA-COMM/JUCAS code:PJ59
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

Skills in English language comprehension and expression equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent in all four elements of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Three of the following qualities (to be assessed in a face to face interview): Broadcast presentation skills, good general knowledge, team work and problem solving skills, basic keyboard skills, basic social media skills, evidence of engagement in journalistic practice.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Media and Communication

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Media and Communication

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Communication, media, film and cultural studies (2008)

Programme specification:

The programme will:
The programme provides students with a strong grounding in Journalism scholarship and practice and is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to work in the rapidly changing news and current affairs sector as reporters, producers, and presenters across various media. It will also equip students for further research in the field of Journalism Studies and for a range of related careers such as media and public relations, media policy development and analysis and other communications roles.
Journalism at Leeds is distinctive in engaging students equally in the academic study of Journalism and in its practice over their first two years and then allowing students to set the balance of their study in the final year. Research is a key focus throughout with students gaining a grounding in research methods in year one and then having various options to pursue research throughout their programme. This culminates with either a major research project (Dissertation) or a piece of Practice-based research work (Project and mini-dissertation) in the field.
Students are encouraged to see themselves as media professionals and to engage from the outset with others working in the news media industries as well as media academics. We have close relationships with the BBC as well as independent broadcasters and production companies. We also have a very strong track record in Journalism Studies and students will have the opportunity to link their engagement with industry and the academy in a range of contexts.
The programme includes options for a year in industry or a year abroad between years two and three and we encourage all eligible students to make the most of this opportunity. The School also runs a highly successful Media Futures programme to support students in the personal and professional development. This provides students with insight into different media related careers, contacts across different sectors and practical support to enhance employability.
Year one of the programme provides students with an introduction to University study and research as well as core journalistic concepts and skills. It also provides a foundation in Journalism Studies, the history of communication and the UK Political system. In year two students will take core modules in news media production, journalism ethics and issues in journalism leaving two optional modules that may come from within the School or from ‘Discovery’ modules offered by other faculties and schools. In year three students will undertake extended ‘live news’ practice, a three week industry placement as well as a year-long module in media law. In addition they will complete an extended research project in the form of either a dissertation or a portfolio of journalistic works and accompanying exegesis.
The programme provides students with a consistent focus on journalism leading to the acquisition of journalistic skills and knowledge necessary to work in the industry. The programme meets the requirements for accreditation by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

COMM1230Introduction to Media and Communication Research20 creditsSemester 1
COMM1305Introduction to Journalism20 creditsSemester 1
COMM1320Journalism, Politics and Society20 creditsSemester 1
COMM1330Camera and Editing for Journalists20 creditsSemester 2
COMM1345Journalism News Skills20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM1210The History of Communication20 creditsSemester 2
COMM1970Introduction to Media and Communication Theory20 creditsSemester 2


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM2300Journalism Ethics20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2375Issues in Journalism20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2410Journalism Practice20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2420Live Journalism Practice20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 - 40 credits from the following optional modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 20 credits of Optional modules:

COMM2125Visual Communication20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2560Communication Skills20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2715Digital Storytelling20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2780Media Policy20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates may study 0 - 20 credits of Optional modules:

COMM2145Technology in Communication and Media20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2150Music as Communication20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2777Working in Digital Media Teams20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2850Cinematic Themes20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2910Communication Research Methods20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2960Videogames: Identities in Play20 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Students may study 0 - 20 credits of Discovery modules in either semester 1 or semester 2, but not both.


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be permitted to study 20 credits of Discovery modules in place of an optional module

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM3355Journalism Placement20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3390Live News Production20 creditsSemester 2
LAW3280Media Law20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study ONE of the following compulsory modules:

COMM3300Journalism Individual Project Portfolio40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
COMM3910Communication Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 20 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM3130The Documentary and Reality20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3180International Communication20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3250Feminism, Identity and Media20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3260Understanding the Audience20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3315Statistics and Data for Journalists20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3395TV Documentary Journalism20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3420The Ethnography of Speaking20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3780Mobile Media20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3790Citizen Media20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3925War and Media20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3950Promotional Culture20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3960Creative Work in the Cultural Industries20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3980Radio Technologies, Industries and Cultures20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Last updated: 09/05/2017

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