Journalism and Philosophy

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Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Journalism and Philosophy
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies
Philosophy
BA P515
20/06/2017

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

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.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

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.

Course qualifiers

None

Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

None

External examiners

Mr Richard Evans

Programme Director, UG Journalism

City, University of London

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 27 January 2020 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.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
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.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

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  PY111-4-FY  Introduction to Philosophy  Compulsory  30 
05    PY113-4-FY or PY114-4-FY or optional module(s) from the Philosophy option list  Optional  30 
06  CS711-4-FY  Skills for University Studies  Compulsory 

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  LT312-6-FY  Advanced Practical Journalism  Compulsory  30 
02  LT431-6-SP  Comparative Media Law and Regulation  Compulsory  15 
03  LT396-6-AU  Journalism and Storytelling  Compulsory  15 
04    PY413-6-AU and PY428-6-SP or optional module(s) from the Philosophy optional list  Optional  30 
05    Optional module(s) from the Philosophy 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.

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)

Learning methods

Lectures, seminars, workshops, group discussion and reflection, background reading, work experience, practical exercises, formative and summative feedback.

Assessment methods

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.

Learning methods

Lectures, seminars, workshops, group discussion and reflection, background reading, work experience, practical exercises, formative and summative feedback

Assessment methods

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.

Learning methods

Lectures, seminars, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative and summative feedback.
Assessment methods

Assessment methods

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

Learning methods

Lectures, seminars, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative and summative feedback and engagement with online resources and tutorials.

Assessment methods

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.


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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