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Journalism and Modern Languages

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Journalism and Modern Languages
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies
Linguistics
BA P590
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
19/06/2017

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject.
If Portuguese is taken as the major language, an A-level pass (or equivalent) in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or first language level fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish is required.

IB: 30 points, including a Higher Level essay-based subject grade 5. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
To study Portuguese as your major language, you need a pass in Higher Level Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

External Examiners

Mr Richard Evans
City, University of London
Programme Director, UG Journalism

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LT135-4-FY Basic Practical Journalism (Joint Honours) Core 30
02 LT138-4-AU History of Journalism Compulsory 15
03 LT144-4-SP Journalism Now Compulsory 15
04 Language (Advanced or Part 1 Intensive) option(s) from list Core with Options 30
05 Second Language or Part 2 Intensive option(s) from list Compulsory with Options 30
06 LA099-4-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 AW900-6-FY Compulsory 90

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LT431-6-SP Comparative Media Law and Regulation Compulsory 15
02 LT396-6-AU Journalism and Storytelling Compulsory 15
03 LT312-6-FY Advanced Practical Journalism Compulsory 30
04 Language (Mastery level) option(s) from list Compulsory with Options 30
05 Language (Intermediate or above) option(s) from list Compulsory with Options 30
06 LA099-6-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

JOURNALISM: To create graduates who are thoroughly grounded in the theory and practice of journalism, able to make sound editorial judgements and behave in a professional manner; to help students develop their writing and broadcasting skills to a high level; to encourage students to develop their critical faculties, in particular to adopt an inquiring, sceptical and whole-hearted approach to their work; to encourage students to work effectively on their own and in teams to produce the best journalism.

MODERN LANGUAGES: To enable students to become proficient in one or two modern languages, developing an appropriate level of fluency and accuracy in using the language(s) as a medium of understanding, expression and communication (both oral and written), with awareness of stylistic and sociolinguistic variation (where relevant higher-level courses can be taken). Offer students the opportunity to become familiar with linguistic techniques used to describe aspects of the structure of one or two modern languages. Equip students with a range of transferable cognitive, practical and key skills,

Students who study just one language will also have the opportunity to -
Develop a greater understanding of aspects of the culture and society of countries which use the chosen modern language(s) as a medium of communication, enabling them to draw comparisons with their own culture and observe contrasts and (through the year abroad) to experience, engage with and integrate into another culture.
Develop skills in translation, interpreting, and creative writing, providing a foundation for further study, employment and lifelong learning.


Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Theoretical and practical approaches to journalism
A2 The history and evolution of journalism, the current state of the industry and its future prospects
A3 The role of publishing and broadcasting in a modern society
A4 The UK legal system, and the law, regulatory framework and codes of practice relating to journalism
A5 The characteristics and needs of a range of print, broadcast and web-based journalism, how audiences consume them and how best to serve those audiences
A6 Learn linguistic aspects of the chosen modern language(s) including sound structure, word and sentence structure, lexis, usage, and socio-stylistic variation in the chosen modern language(s)
A7 Learn linguistic concepts and metalanguage used to describe and analyse the chosen modern language(s)
A8 Learn aspects of the culture and society of one or more countries which use the chosen modern language(s) as a medium of communication, drawing comparisons with own culture and observing contrasts (For students studying only one language)
A9 Learn and practice techniques of translation, interpreting, and creative writing (For students studying only one language)
A10 Learn analytic methods and techniques used to analyse texts and other authentic modern language materials from a variety of perspectives (For students studying only one language)
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback, reflective portfolios, presentations, debates, study of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials and role-play activities, book reports, translations.
Assessment Methods: A1-A5 Range of in-class tests, portfolio of work, reflective journals, group work, project work, essays and other coursework

A1: examination

A6-A10: Range on in-class tests and oral examinations, reflective portfolios, group and independent projects, quizzes, exercises, written exams, book reports, translations

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Able to absorb and organise large amounts of information in a short time, applying critical techniques to assess evidence on the basis of relevance, reliability and newsworthiness
B2 Turn raw data and information into clear, accurate and engaging journalism with impact
B3 Make good decisions and present clear, well-reasoned and coherent arguments, in writing or orally, often against a deadline
B4 Exercise judgement in designing, planning and delivering journalistic output
B5 Evaluate, interpret and demonstrate critical judgement in the understanding of developments in the news, of issues and concepts, and be able dispassionately to assess one's own work and the work of others
B6 Produce independent and imaginative treatments conforming to a clear framework of values
B7 Abstract and synthesise information from a range of sources (lectures/seminars/classes, journals, books, internet etc.) identifying those ideas or findings which are most significant
B8 Interact in the chosen modern language(s), expressing their own ideas (and responding to those put forward by others) coherently and articulatel
B9 Be able to exploit cognitive skills from one language in another
B10 Be able to exploit cultural and language awareness to solve communicative problem in both spoken and written contexts
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback, reflective portfolios, presentations, debates, study of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials and role-play activities, book reports, translations.
Assessment Methods: B1-B6: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.
B7-B11: Range of in-class tests and oral examinations, reflective portfolios, group and independent projects, quizzes, exercises, written exams, book reports, translations, web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials

C: Practical skills

C1 An ability to find, research and write news stories and features for various print, online and broadcast media
C2 An ability to conduct interviews, record information accurately and analyse it to a professional standard
C3 An ability to work in production for various media, using industry-standard software and hardware
C4 An ability to work independently, cooperatively and in editorial teams to produce finished work to agreed deadlines for various media
C5 An ability to operate in professional manner, observing ethical and legal constraints
C6 An ability to competently communicate ideas and materials in one or two modern language(s) both orally and in writing
C7 The ability to gather and process information from different sources, e.g. carrying out a bibliographic search in the library, accessing material from online databases and locating and downloading appropriate foreign language materials from the Web
C8 Ability to make professional presentations and create reflective journals
C9 Ability to produce professional reports in the form of book reviews, providing evaluative and critical analyses
C10 Develop the ability to think laterally and appreciate different cultural perspectives
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback, reflective portfolios, presentations, debates, study of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials and role-play activities, book reports, translations.
Assessment Methods: C1-C5: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.
C4, C6-C10: Range of in-class tests and oral examinations, reflective portfolios, group and independent projects, quizzes, exercises, written exams, book reports, translations, sub-titling tasks, web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials

D: Key skills

D1 Ability to express oneself in a clear, focused, relevant and effective way, both orally and in writing
D2 Ability to use appropriate software and hardware to produce and present high quality editorial content
D3 Finding, understanding, organising and processing information. Applying knowledge and understanding to make judgements. Ability to question conventional wisdom and find innovative methods of research. Working to deadlines. Management of projects and timetables.
D4 Ability to plan, manage time, and advance and argue for proposals in editorial meetings, ability to respond constructively to criticism, ability to engage in collaborative writing and programme-making activities; ability to work co-operatively in a variety of group contexts, including practical production, taking on a number of different roles.
D5 Ability to work autonomously, showing organisation, self-discipline and time management, and to take responsibility for ones own work and actions in individual and collective contexts, reflecting on ones own performance and making constructive use of feedback in class and written comments on coursework and oral communication.
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback, reflective portfolios, presentations, debates, study of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials and role-play activities, book reports, translations.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, in-class tests and oral examinations, practical assignments, (reflective) portfolios, group and independent projects, quizzes, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations, book reports, translations, and web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials


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