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 Code PQ53
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Studying in Welsh Up to 33% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
Typical places available The 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 received The 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 & Culture MC1110 20 credits
Media Scholarship MC1115 20 credits
Understanding Journalism Studies MC1578 20 credits
English in Theory and Practice SE2138 20 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 Gender MC2107 20 credits
Media, Power & Society MC2116 20 credits
Social Media, Politics, and Society MC2616 20 credits
Yr Ystafell Newyddion 1 MC2617 20 credits
Yr Ystafell Newyddion 2 MC2618 20 credits
World Cinema, History and Culture MC2619 20 credits
Cultural Politics of Comedy MC2620 20 credits
Birth and Death and Marriage in the Media: Researching the “Personal” in Cultural Context” MC2621 20 credits
Film and Cultural Theory MC2622 20 credits
Data Journalism in Theory and Practice MC2623 20 credits
Critical Issues in Television Production MC2624 20 credits
Managing Media Communications MC2625 20 credits
Digital Culture MC2626 20 credits
Celebrity Culture MC2627 20 credits
BRITISH COMEDY: CLASS, NATION AND IDENTITY MC2628 20 credits
Tele-Fictions MC3517 20 credits
War, Politics and Propaganda II MC3549 20 credits
Doing Media Research: Approaches and Methods MC3551 20 credits
Reporting Science, The Environment and Health MC3595 20 credits
Media Law Year 2 MC3600 20 credits
Social Media Trends MC3602 20 credits
Media and Democracy MC3603 20 credits
Style & Genre SE1416 20 credits
Fiction of The Indian Subcontinent SE2283 20 credits
The Robin Hood Tradition SE2367 20 credits
Creative Writing I SE2417 20 credits
Reading Old English SE2441 20 credits
Modernist Fictions SE2445 20 credits
Contemporary Women’s Writing SE2446 20 credits
Children’s Literature: Form & Function SE2447 20 credits
Ways of Reading SE2449 20 credits
The Twentieth Century Novel in the British Isles SE2456 20 credits
Imaginary Journeys: More to Huxley SE2457 20 credits
Modernism and the City SE2463 20 credits
Chivalry and Subversion in Medieval Literature SE2464 20 credits
Gothic Fiction: The Romantic Age SE2468 20 credits
Romanticism, Politics, Aesthetics SE2469 20 credits
Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form 1920-1940 SE2470 20 credits
Literature and Science SE2471 20 credits
Dickens in Many Media SE2472 20 credits
Contemporary Irish Poetry SE2473 20 credits
Modern and Contemporary Women’s Poetry SE2474 20 credits
Visual Victorians SE2475 20 credits
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Women Writers SE2476 20 credits
Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Histories SE2477 20 credits
Mapping Wales: Politics and Identity in Contemporary Welsh Fiction in English SE2478 20 credits
The Post-1945 American Novel SE2566 20 credits
Shakespeare’s Late Plays SE2594 20 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 offer AAB, excluding General Studies. An A in English Literature or English Literature and Language or Creative Writing is required.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer The 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 offer 36 points, to include 6 in English.
Other requirements Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.