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Journalism and Literature (Including Year Abroad)

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Journalism and Literature (Including Year Abroad)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies
BA P532

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject

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.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

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.


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 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 LT204-5-FY Criticism: Practice and Theory Compulsory 30
04 Option(s) from list Optional 30

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 Final year Literature option(s) from list Optional 30
05 Final year Literature option(s) from list Optional 30

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.

LITERATURE: To understand the intellectual and cultural foundations of Western thought.
To experience a varied, flexible and distinctive curriculum focused on the study of English literature and encompassing several genres and periods.
To become acquainted with a range of contextual, conceptual and comparative frameworks used in the study of literature.
To learn how to exercise their own judgements in the reading of both primary and secondary literary texts.

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, including challenges in reporting on international issues
A4 The regulatory framework and codes of practice relating to journalism
A5 How the UK legal system works and the law relating to the media
A6 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
A7 Production processes and professional practice in relation to newspapers, magazines, online content and broadcast journalism
A8 A range of literatures, from the early modern to the present day, including the understanding of a variety of genres (poetry, fiction, drama)
A9 An understanding of the complex relationship between literature and culture (an appreciation of the way in which literary texts are embedded in their cultural and historical milieu, and an awareness of their role in creating a cultural change
A10 Key methods of literary analysis and research, and writing skills
A11 To develop intercultural skills (Study/Year Abroad variant only)
A12 To provide the opportunity to apply academic learning outcomes in a work-related context (Placement year variant)
A13 To develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement. (Placement variant only)
Learning Methods: A1-7 are acquired through lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
A8-10 are acquired through lectures, classes, workshops and continually assessed coursework. Classes focus on textual examples and give emphasis to student discussion and/or presentation, preparing argumentative and analytical skills for formal assessment.

Assessment Methods: A1-A7 Range of in-class tests, portfolio of work, reflective journals, group work, project work, essays and other coursework
A1, A4-A7 examination
Formal assessment of student skills, knowledge and understanding (A8-11) takes place through a range of coursework essays, presentations, portfolios and group projects, and written exams.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Able to absorb and organise large amounts of informati on 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 An ability to analyse and critically assess original and complex texts and to comment cogently on them
B8 Reason critically and argue coherently
B9 Identify critical literary positions and interrogate them
B10 To think independently and to make connections between familiar and new ideas
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Intellectual and cognitive skills are initiated through lectures, classes and workshops in years 1 and 2, as well as one-to-one tutorials where appropriate. The seminar- based work of year 3, like that of years 1 and 2, encourages critical discussion arising from the analysis and interpretation of set texts with an emphasis on being able to reason cogently, argue coherently and present one's own viewpoint persuasively. Year 3 students are guided towards the acquisition of a reflective understanding of their comparative judgements, and the critical positions they and others employ. This is done through in situ feedback (formally and informally, as appropriate) in oral and written presentations, group based critical discussions and the analysis and interpretation of texts.

Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, essays, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.

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 A vocabulary and a critical and analytical terminology for the analysis of writing
C7 The use of accepted conventions of presenting essays, references and bibliographies, and an ability to challenge these
C8 An effective style or range of styles to convey a range of responses as readers of literary texts
C9 An ability to deploy a critical methodology in written work, employing reasoned argument to appreciate and evaluate a text
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback, and the development of writing skills through peer review and reflective practice and research
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, essays, practical and writing assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations, and a capstone project.

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 Basic numeracy as part of the employability aspects of the degree
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 one's own work in individual and collective contexts, reflect on one's own performance and make 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.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations, and in Literature through a participation mark


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