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Journalism and Economics (Including Year Abroad)

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Journalism and Economics (Including Year Abroad)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies
Economics
BA P562
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
15/04/2017

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject
GCSE: Mathematics C/4

IB: 30 points, including Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above. 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.

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 EC111-4-FY Introduction to Economics Core 30
05 EC114-4-FY Introduction to Quantitative Economics Compulsory 30
06 EC123-4-FY Career Skills in Economics Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LT231-5-FY Intermediate Practical Journalism: Audio/Video (Joint honours) Compulsory 30
02 LT232-5-FY Intermediate Practical Journalism: Print/Online (Joint honours) Compulsory 30
03 EC202-5-FY or EC201-5-FY Compulsory with Options 30
04 EC252-5-AU or option from list Optional 15
05 Autumn option (Economics) from list Optional 15
06 EC123-5-FY Career Skills in Economics Compulsory 0

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 AW600-6-FY Compulsory 60

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 Option(s) from list Optional 30
05 Option(s) from list Optional 30
06 EC123-6-FY Career Skills in Economics 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.

ECONOMICS: To provide students with an academic training in the principles of economics.
To foster in students an appreciation of the appropriate level of abstraction and simplification needed to explore a range of economic issues.
To encourage in students the acquisition of autonomous study skills and the adoption of an investigative approach to tackle problems in economics.
To develop in students the ability to construct logical arguments, to communicate arguments clearly in writing, and to appreciate, evaluate and respond to potentially conflicting interpretations of economic phenomena.
To allow students, through the study of economics, to acquire critical, analytical and research skills, problem-solving skills, and transferable skills.


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 Knowledge of the fundamental principles of economics, including microeconomics and macroeconomics
A7 Understanding of how economic reasoning is used to address problems involving opportunity cost, incentives, households' and firms' decision-making, strategic thinking, expectations and market outcomes in equilibrium and disequilibrium
A8 Knowledge of the mathematical and statistical methods needed to comprehend and analyse economic principles and issues
A9 To develop intercultural skills (Study/Year Abroad variant only)
A10 To provide the opportunity to apply academic learning outcomes in a work-related context (Placement year variant)
A11 To develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement. (Placement variant only)
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Assessment Methods: A1-A5 Range of in-class tests, portfolio of work, reflective journals, group work, project work, essays and other coursework
A1: examination

Achievement of knowledge and understanding is assessed through:
marked assignments (A6, A7), tests (A6, A7, A8, A10), term papers (A6, A7, A9, A10),
project work (A6-A10), unseen closed-book examinations (A6, A7, A8, A9, A10).

Learning outcomes A7, A10 are assessed by tests and unseen closed-book examinations.

Learning outcome A11 is assessed by term papers and unseen closed-book examinations particularly in final year, EC3xx, economics courses.

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 Theoretical and practical approaches to journalism
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 Analyse a specified problem and choose the most suitable methods for its solution
B8 Assess the relative merits of a range of theories, techniques and tools needed to articulate arguments and policies
B9 Synthesise and interpret information from a range of sources (lectures, classes, journals, books, etc.) developing a critical evaluation of the importance and relevance of the sources to an area of stud
B10 Construct reasoned, informed and concise descriptions and assessments of economic ideas
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.
Achievement of intellectual/cognitive skills is assessed through marked assignments (especially B7 and B9), tests (especially B7), term papers (especially B8, B9, B10), project work (especially B8, B9 and B10) and unseen closed-book examinations (especially B7, B8 and B10).

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 Identify, select and gather information, using the relevant sources
C7 Organise ideas in a systematic way
C8 Present economic and/or historical ideas and arguments coherently in writing
C9 Use and apply economic terminology and concepts
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.

Achievement of practical skills C6, C8 and C9 is assessed directly through marked assignments, tests, term papers, project work and unseen closed-book examinations.
Skill C7 is assessed indirectly via assignments, term papers, projects and final examinations.

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 Understanding of how economic reasoning is used to address problems involving opportunity cost, incentives, households' and firms' decision-making, strategic thinking, expectations and market outcomes in equilibrium and disequilibrium
D4 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.
D5 Ability to 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.
D6 Ability to take responsibility for own work and actions in individual and collective contexts, and to reflect on performance and make constructive use of written and oral feedback.
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.


Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

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