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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Journalism

Programme code:BA-COMM/JUCAS code:PJ59
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Mr Ian Bucknell Contact address:i.bucknell@leeds.ac.uk

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.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

COMM1230Introduction to Media and Communication Research20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM1305Introduction to Journalism20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM1320Journalism, Politics and Society20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM1330Camera and Editing for Journalists20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM1350Introduction to Media Law and Regulation20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates may study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM1210The History of Communication20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM1970Introduction to Media and Communication Theory20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)


Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM2300Journalism Ethics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM2375Issues in Journalism20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2410Journalism Practice20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2420Live Journalism Practice20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2145Technology in Communication and Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2250Podcasting20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2560Communication Skills20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2715Digital Storytelling20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2780Media Policy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2850Cinematic Themes20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FOAH2020Towards the Future: Skills in Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2250Digital Communications Across Cultures20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates may study 0 - 20 credits of Optional modules:

COMM2725Digital Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM2910Communication Research Methods20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM2960Videogames: Identities in Play20 creditsNot running in 202122
CSER2206Developing Your Professional Identity: Preparing for a Career in Within The Arts, Heritage and Creative Industries20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI2901Creative Enterprise20 creditsNot running until 202223

Discovery modules:

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


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM3355Journalism Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
COMM3390Live News Production20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW3280Media Law20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

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

COMM3300Journalism Individual Project Portfolio40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
COMM3910Communication Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

COMM3120Film Theory and Aesthetics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3130The Documentary and Reality20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM3180International Communication20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3250Feminism, Identity and Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM3260Understanding the Audience20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM3340The Reporting of Politics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3395TV Documentary Journalism20 creditsNot running in 202122
COMM3420The Ethnography of Speaking20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3780Mobile Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM3790Citizen Media20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3795Climate Communication20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3866Global migration, ‘race’ and media20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3895Digital Platforms: Critical and Cultural Analysis20 creditsNot running in 202122
COMM3925War and Media20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3950Promotional Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3960Creative Work in the Cultural Industries20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3027Post-War European Cinema: History, Politics and Aesthetics20 creditsNot running in 202122
THEO3000Religion and Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Discovery modules:

Students may replace 20 credits of options with 20 credits of discovery modules. This choice can be made in either semester (but not both)

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