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.
PHILOSOPHY: To provide a wide-ranging and flexible philosophy curriculum, embracing both analytic (or Anglo-American) and Continental (Modern European) philosophical thought, and a varied, flexible and distinctive curriculum. Encouraging students to identify the relevance of philosophy to other forms of enquiry and its interconnections with other disciplines, and its applicability to issues in public and moral life. The course also aims to develop students' capacities for independent philosophical thought and critical reflection, and to encourage students to exercise their own judgement. Ultimately providing students with the skills necessary for subsequent research or further study or the world of work which will enhance their graduate careers.
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 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, production processes and professional practice in relation to newspapers, magazines, online content and broadcast journalism
A6: Knowledge of philosophical texts and issues from a variety of traditions and a variety of historical and social contexts.
A7: Knowledge of techniques of philosophical reasoning and conceptions of philosophical method, embracing diverse traditions and approaches.
A8: To develop intercultural skills (Study/Year Abroad variant only)
A9: To provide the opportunity to apply academic learning outcomes in a work-related context (Placement year variant)
A10: To develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement. (Placement variant only)
Lectures, seminars, workshops, group discussion and reflection, background reading, work experience, practical exercises, formative and summative feedback.
A1 – A7: Range of in-class tests, reading quizzes, portfolio of work, reflective journals, group work, presentations, project work, essays and other coursework
A1, A6-A7: examination
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: 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: Use and criticise specialised philosophical terminology.
B7: Identify arguments, and assess their merits.
B8: Summarise philosophical texts and debates, and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the views at issue.
Lectures, seminars, workshops, group discussion and reflection, background reading, work experience, practical exercises, formative and summative feedback
Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, in class tests, reading quizzes, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, and 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: Ability to write a philosophical essay, expressing oneself clearly.
C7: Ability to search for, and then abstract and synthesise relevant information from a range of sources, using books, journal articles, library and internet resources.
C8: Ability to communicate ideas clearly and coherently in a range of disciplines but also be able to challenge those ideas and disciplines.
C9: Ability to present written materials using appropriate language and referencing.
Lectures, seminars, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative and summative feedback.
Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, in class tests, reading quizzes portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.
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: Ability to identify the problem to be solved. Finding, understanding, organising and processing information. Articulating critically the assumptions underlying or connected with the problem. 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. Ability to compare and contrast differing and often contradictory solutions to the problem: and to provide argument and evidence in defence of one`s solutions to the problem.
D4: 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.
D5: Ability organize ones reading and thinking in relation to specific topics and to take responsibility for ones own work and actions in individual and collective contexts, reflect on ones own performance and make constructive use of feedback in class and written comments on coursework and oral communication
Lectures, seminars, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative and summative feedback and engagement with online resources and tutorials.
Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, in class tests, reading quizzes, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.