Module
descriptions

for Liberal Studies (Journalism) - BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Foundation Level Modules

Foundation Seminar Part 1 and 2

The purpose of these modules is to introduce students to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. The modules considers the Western tradition (including works of literature, philosophy, religion, art and science) from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. The modules will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other. The modules will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Quantitative Literacy

Quantitative Literacy introduces students to the basic concepts of data analysis. This module covers probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on “real world” application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.

Scientific Understanding - Principles of Biology

This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of biology. The module covers cell biology and introduces the five major kingdoms of life. Genetics, gene expression & evolution are also explored in context with recent discoveries in these fields. The module will also examine the application of current biotechnologies in agriculture, medicine and the environment.

Introduction to the Humanities

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the humanities. It will acquaint them both with the common elements shared between the constituent humanities disciplines and also with the difference in subject matter, approaches and techniques. The module will achieve this by choosing a particular theme that is the subject of interdisciplinary consideration within the humanities. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and diverse examinations of this theme. The module will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Business and Management

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of business, its structure and functions, in a global environment. It will provide students with an understanding of different types of business structure and ownership, key business concepts, economic principles, and major functional areas of a business, including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.

International Relations

This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global problems. It also introduces students to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organizations and international law.

Media Studies

In today’s media saturated environments, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications technologies and processes shape societies and our everyday lives. This module aims to provide students with important conceptual tools for making sense of the relationships between media, society and culture. This module introduces students to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. In terms conceptual tools, this module provides an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications from theories on media as “mass communications” characterizing the 20th century to “convergence culture” which better characterizes the 21st. Students are expected to develop knowledge and understanding of the field of media and communications and to be able to ask critical questions about future directions in media and communications.

Psychology

The aim of this module is to encourage students’ understanding of, and enthusiasm for, psychology by providing a core understanding of the discipline and the topics studied by psychologists. The content will help students build awareness of what modern psychology is and will introduce them to the major branches of psychology. The module will highlight the applied aspects of the discipline and will describe the relevance of psychology to other subjects and disciplines at a theoretical and applied level. 

Political Science

This module aims to introduce students to the main concepts within the field of Political Science. Class will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, government and many more. Students will be introduced to methods of inquiry and theoretical frameworks that will enable them analytically examine wide range of political phenomena both domestically and internationally. 

First year modules

MED402 Introduction to Media Production

The module will allow students from a broad range of disciplines to gain a level of Media Production literacy. It will combine both theory and practical experience in: planning, preproduction, video & audio recording and post-production. The module should be viewed as both an introduction to the more technical aspects of media production as well as grounding for further production related courses within the school.

Core module for Journalism majors.

MED401 Media Analysis and Literacy

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to theories of media analysis. The module will investigate media literacy in multi-platform journalism, film and television studies, news and political communications, the internet and gaming. Theoretical foundations will include approaches like semiotic analysis, behavioural development models, mass communications models (such as the work of Marshall McLuhan) and specific philosophical perspectives (such as rhetoric studies). Students will learn the context of each theory and will learn to apply these theories to analyse existing media texts. In addition, students are expected to develop their own theoretically informed information campaigns, demonstrating understanding media analysis techniques and theories.

Core module for Journalism majors.

JRN401 Journalism Practice 1

This module offers students the opportunity to understand the practice and craft of journalism and the job of the journalist. Students will study media coverage from the point of view of news values and readership, and see how this influences media tone and reflects bias. Students will learn the styles and techniques of basic journalistic writing, from news writing, to interviewing and feature writing. Students will be guided on structure, sourcing and attribution, ethics and legal considerations in their story coverage and writing. The module will help students to differentiate between writing and reporting in different formats including print, web and broadcast. They will become familiar with the essential elements within reporting, such as using statistics and data, covering live events and generating story ideas.

Core module for Journalism majors.

PHT401 Digital Photography

This module covers the basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic photographic equipment. The module will address aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light and colour. Technological requirements of digital formats will be discussed, such as formats and resolution. Students will learn basic digital manipulation of images in preparation for creating a photo portfolio of images. Students will produce photographs in response to seminars looking at the work of notable photographers, and give an oral presentation about the work of a photographer of their choice.

Core module for Journalism majors.

JRN402 Journalism in Society

This module introduces students to core concepts and theories outlining the role, purpose and functions of journalism within society. These theories draw from core principles relating to the freedom of information such as liberty of the press and freedom of speech. This module examines the early history of journalism including the revolutionary history of the printing press, yellow journalism and penny dreadfuls, followed by the growth of media ownership from 18th to 21st Century press barons. Students are expected to understand the close relationship between journalism, politics and democracy by bridging theoretical foundations with case studies mapping the history and development of journalism in society. Current research and practice around media work and practice in news production informs analysis of changing journalistic practice and its social impact. Contemporary case studies illustrate the tensions prevalent in theoretical foundations, rapid developments in the field and emerging issues and debates related to journalism.

Core module for Journalism majors.

MED402 Introduction to Media Production

The module will allow students from a broad range of disciplines to gain a level of Media Production literacy. It will combine both theory and practical experience in: planning, preproduction, video & audio recording and post-production. The module should be viewed as both an introduction to the more technical aspects of media production as well as grounding for further production related courses within the school.

Core module for Journalism majors.

PHT401 Digital Photography

This module covers the basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic photographic equipment. The module will address aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light and colour. Technological requirements of digital formats will be discussed, such as formats and resolution. Students will learn basic digital manipulation of images in preparation for creating a photo portfolio of images. Students will produce photographs in response to seminars looking at the work of notable photographers, and give an oral presentation about the work of a photographer of their choice.

Core module for Journalism majors.

Second year modules

MED502 Media Research Methods

This module introduces core research methods in media and communications, including research design, qualitative and quantitative methodologies and the logic informing particular research traditions and practices. Students are expected to become familiar with a wide range of research methods and current debates related to particular approaches. Based on applied exercises, students will broadly understand research principles and techniques and will be expected to develop expertise in selective quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as research design. This module aims to provide students with essential practical and theoretical skills so that they are able to develop and conduct accurate, original and high quality media and communications research.

Core module for Journalism majors.

MED503 Interactive Media

This module offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of practical elements of new media, with a particular focus on online platforms. Through the study of changes in the media landscape, students will learn about elements of interactivity, how society has changed with the introduction of new media and how online platforms and journalism and media roles have changed over time. Students will also learn about key theoretical models relating to digital engagement and their relevance in practical terms to working within a modern media environment.

Core module for Journalism majors.

JRN501 Photojournalism

This module is designed to introduce students to practical and theoretical aspects of photojournalism. The module will develop the student’s skills and knowledge via taught techniques, practical assignments and class discussion.

Ultimately the module will develop the student’s understanding of visual language and photographic representation in the context of shooting stories. The module will develop and build upon the student’s digital camera skills and introduce them to picture editing and the production of captions and keywords.

Core module for Journalism majors.

JRN502 Journalism Practice 2

This module advances knowledge and understanding in the practice and craft of journalism and the job of the journalist. From understanding news values and readership in Journalism Practice 1, students will now begin to consider them in their own writing. The module provides the opportunity for students to develop proficiency in more complex styles of writing and to write for a particular brief or beat. It requires students to gather information from a variety of sources and to carry out more in-depth reporting on a particular topic. Students will begin to conceptualize stories, and follow up the necessary routes of research and sources to fulfil them, within deadline constraints. Students will gain understanding and experience of the requirements and value of using different platforms for their stories.

Core module for Journalism majors.

MED501 Media and Ethics

This module introduces the descriptive and normative philosophy of ethics to students in relation to media including journalism, photography, film, video, digital and social media, public relations, and advertising. This module focuses on current and influential cases where difficult ethical decisions must be made based on professional, social and legal standards. Students evaluate the logic and ethical reasoning informing media professionals within rapidly changing industries. Based on a mix of practical review of specific cases and ethical theory, students learn to analyse core ethical issues and consequences in contemporary media practices. This module prepares students for understanding and practicing applied ethics in professional and applied media contexts.

Core module for Journalism majors.

Third year modules

JRN601 Broadcast Reporting

This module is designed to introduce the principles of video storytelling and to give students experience in reporting news and features using cameras for broadcast platforms. It involves shooting video, editing, reporting and writing for broadcast. The focus is on producing stories that have the same qualities of good journalism in a print medium. These include using solid research and reporting, good structure and engaging storytelling. Students will learn the principles of communicating effectively in a visual medium by using examples from broadcast media and looking at the theory behind the visual medium. They will benefit from seeing the work of visiting professionals in the broadcast news media.

Core module for Journalism majors.

MED603 Media and the Law

This module aims to offer participants a thorough grounding in various legal disciplines that underpin Media Law. It focuses on the ways relevant legal provisions apply to traditional media and explores how the law has struggled to respond to the growth of 24/7 news and the new world of social media. Ample emphasis is placed on seminal cases and cutting edge issues, as the law cannot be divorced from media practice.

Core module for Journalism majors.

PHT601 Editorial Photography

This module is designed to introduce students to theoretical and practical aspects of editorial photography practice (photojournalism, documentary, news, fashion). Through classroom work and practical exercises, the student will gain understanding of visual language and photographic representation in the context of editorial photography.

Core module for Journalism majors.

JRN602 Publication and Design

This module introduces students to the process of producing and designing a publication. It draws upon and refines students’ skills in reporting and photography from previous modules and combines them with new skills taught in design and editing. After thoroughly analysing the core theories of production design and elements of existing publications, students will design and create a timely and attractive journalistic product for the Regent’s University community. With tutor guidance, students will assume the editorial and production roles needed to design and produce this group publication. The module will develop proficiency in combining skills, including: generating ideas, reporting and writing skills, editorial design and layout, photo editing and working in groups to deadlines.

Core module for Journalism majors.

MED603 Media and the Law

This module aims to offer participants a thorough grounding in various legal disciplines that underpin Media Law. It focuses on the ways relevant legal provisions apply to traditional media and explores how the law has struggled to respond to the growth of 24/7 news and the new world of social media. Ample emphasis is placed on seminal cases and cutting edge issues, as the law cannot be divorced from media practice.

Core module for Journalism majors.

Major Capstone (Dissertation)

The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.