Cardiff University Journalism Media and English Literature

By | 10th May 2017

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Cardiff University Journalism Media and English Literature

Cardiff University Journalism Media and English Literature, The BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding as they observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills and that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.

While the journalism part of the degree examines the media in its growth and historical and cultural significance in shaping our lives, the English literature modules focus on the critical analysis of a range of texts from different periods together with the exploration of complex ideas.

Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging set of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.

Within English literature, you are free to follow a traditional programme covering multiple periods and genres or to build a more distinctive mix of modules combining literary study with analysis of other cultural forms.

You will also study the many facets of journalism and media in an era of globalisation and dynamic social change and their impact on society, politics and popular culture.

The degree provides the training necessary for students who wish to study either discipline at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who wish to enter other professions.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • teaching across the whole chronological and geographical span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century
  • a reputation for theoretically informed reading, bringing texts from all periods into dialogue with contemporary concerns about gender, identity, sexuality, nationality, race, the body, the environment, and digital technology
  • a strong tradition in creative writing, taught by writers making their mark on today’s culture
  • a flourishing Journalism Society and English Society as well as a student media centre
  • careers weeks and workshops organised regularly to ensure your readiness for the ‘world of work’.

Key facts

UCAS CodePQ53
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshUp to 33% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
Typical places availableThe School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically has 350 places available, The School of Journalism. Media and Cultural Studies typically has 125 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically receives 1450 applications, The School of Journalism. Media and Cultural Studies typically receives 1000 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

COURSE STRUCTURE

Year one

You will take 60 credits in English literature and 60 credits in journalism from a range of core and optional modules.

Core modules
History of Mass Communication & CultureMC111020 credits
Media ScholarshipMC111520 credits
Understanding Journalism StudiesMC157820 credits
English in Theory and PracticeSE213820 credits

Year two

You will take 60 credits in English literature and 60 credits in journalism.

There are no compulsory modules, giving you the flexibility to shape your own programme of study. You can select from those offered by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

Optional modules
Media and GenderMC210720 credits
Media, Power & SocietyMC211620 credits
Social Media, Politics, and SocietyMC261620 credits
Yr Ystafell Newyddion 1MC261720 credits
Yr Ystafell Newyddion 2MC261820 credits
World Cinema, History and CultureMC261920 credits
Cultural Politics of ComedyMC262020 credits
Birth and Death and Marriage in the Media: Researching the “Personal” in Cultural Context”MC262120 credits
Film and Cultural TheoryMC262220 credits
Data Journalism in Theory and PracticeMC262320 credits
Critical Issues in Television ProductionMC262420 credits
Managing Media CommunicationsMC262520 credits
Digital CultureMC262620 credits
Celebrity CultureMC262720 credits
BRITISH COMEDY: CLASS, NATION AND IDENTITYMC262820 credits
Tele-FictionsMC351720 credits
War, Politics and Propaganda IIMC354920 credits
Doing Media Research: Approaches and MethodsMC355120 credits
Reporting Science, The Environment and HealthMC359520 credits
Media Law Year 2MC360020 credits
Social Media TrendsMC360220 credits
Media and DemocracyMC360320 credits
Style & GenreSE141620 credits
Fiction of The Indian SubcontinentSE228320 credits
The Robin Hood TraditionSE236720 credits
Creative Writing ISE241720 credits
Reading Old EnglishSE244120 credits
Modernist FictionsSE244520 credits
Contemporary Women’s WritingSE244620 credits
Children’s Literature: Form & FunctionSE244720 credits
Ways of ReadingSE244920 credits
The Twentieth Century Novel in the British IslesSE245620 credits
Imaginary Journeys: More to HuxleySE245720 credits
Modernism and the CitySE246320 credits
Chivalry and Subversion in Medieval LiteratureSE246420 credits
Gothic Fiction: The Romantic AgeSE246820 credits
Romanticism, Politics, AestheticsSE246920 credits
Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form 1920-1940SE247020 credits
Literature and ScienceSE247120 credits
Dickens in Many MediaSE247220 credits
Contemporary Irish PoetrySE247320 credits
Modern and Contemporary Women’s PoetrySE247420 credits
Visual VictoriansSE247520 credits
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Women WritersSE247620 credits
Shakespeare’s Tragedies and HistoriesSE247720 credits
Mapping Wales: Politics and Identity in Contemporary Welsh Fiction in EnglishSE247820 credits
The Post-1945 American NovelSE256620 credits
Shakespeare’s Late PlaysSE259420 credits

Year three

You will take 60 credits in English literature and 60 credits in journalism.

There are no compulsory modules, giving you the flexibility to shape your own programme of study. You can select from those offered by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

You have the option of writing a dissertation worth 40 credits.

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of English, Communication & Philosophy and School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offerAAB, excluding General Studies. An A in English Literature or English Literature and Language or Creative Writing is required.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerThe Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding English Literature or English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing for English Literature degrees.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer36 points, to include 6 in English.
Other requirementsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.