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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Communications and Media Studies

Academic Year: 2014/15

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) N/A
Owning school/department Department of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award BSc/ BSc + DIntS/ BSc+DIS/ BSc+DPS
Programme title Communications and Media Studies
Programme code SSUB04
Length of programme The duration of the programme is six semesters, or six semesters plus one academic year for students undertaking the Diploma in International Studies, Diploma in Industrial Studies or Diploma in Professional Studies routes.
UCAS code P910
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/socialsciences/communicationandmediastudies/

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 07 Nov 2014 16:39:45 GMT

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide an intellectually stimulating environment in which students can develop the critical and practical skills of the communication and media analyst.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to study communication and media in a multidisciplinary context where the value of interdisciplinary analysis is explored.
  • To enable students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of communication and media.
  • To enable students to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of issues in communication and media through specialist study and research.
  • To enable students to learn about the key concepts, theories and methods of communication and media.
  • To enable students to interpret and analyse communication/media processes and structures.
  • To enable students to compare different communication and media arrangements.
  • To enable students to address key issues in communication and media analysis and in society more generally.
  • To enable students to appreciate alternative perspectives in the social sciences.
  • To enhance students’ career and employment opportunities on graduating.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (2008)
  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • External Examiners’ Reports for BSc Communication and Media Studies 

 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas: 

  • Knowledge of the major traditions of thought and analysis which have contributed to the study of media and communications. 
  • Knowledge of contemporary debates on appropriate frameworks and theories.
  • Knowledge of the major styles of research and investigation relevant to the study of media and communications, their strengths and weaknesses and epistemological underpinnings.
  • Understanding of the historical development of media and communicative practices and institutions.
  • Understanding of the inter-relations between media and communicative structures and practices and economic and political dynamics.
  • Understanding of how media organisations operate and of the ethical and policy issues posed by their practices. 
  • Understanding of the ways in which media and communicative forms construct the shared meanings that comprise public cultures and subcultures, and of the issues of representation these practices raise.
  • Understanding of the role of media and communications in the organisation of everyday life, social identities and belief systems.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas: 

  • Draw on ideas from a range of domains and disciplines and combine them productively. 
  • Critically appraise prevailing understandings of contemporary developments in media and communications and contribute effectively to the debates surrounding them.
  • Formulate appropriate research questions and employ appropriate methods and resources in addressing them.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Retrieve information from electronic and other sources and evaluate the materials collected critically. 
  • Demonstrate practical competence in using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods of research. 
  • Initiate, develop and realise a substantial self directed project (with appropriate guidance).
  • Participate effectively in group projects.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Gather, organise and deploy ideas and information in order to formulate arguments cogently and express them effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Organise and manage self-directed projects (with appropriate guidance).
  • Work individually, flexibly and independently showing self-discipline, self direction and reflexivity. 
  • Work productively in a group or team, displaying at different times abilities to listen, contribute and lead effectively.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with relevant applications of Information Technology, including data analysis packages, and competence in using them. 
  • Deliver required work to a given length, format, brief and deadline. 
  • Consider and evaluate their own work in a reflexive manner.

4. Programme structure

Programme Code SSUB04

Important Note: No module may be taken and passed more than once. Module availability is subject to timetabling constraints. 

Exchange - Candidates may apply to the Head of Department for permission to undertake an approved course of study at either a European University which is a member of the EU approved Sociology Erasmus Exchange programme or any other University with which the University has exchange study arrangements.  Such a course of study must be undertaken in place of one Semester at Part B.

Teaching Assistantships and Placements

Candidates following the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) route are required to spend the third academic year (Part I) undertaking an approved Teaching Assistantship either at a school or other approved placement in a French, German or Spanish speaking country in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. It should be noted that students undertaking a Teaching Assistantship should have a minimum of AS level in the appropriate language, or its equivalent.  The equivalent level in the University Wide Language Programme is level 4.

Alternatively students may undertake a programme of industrial training leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) or a programme of professional training leading to the Diploma of Professional Studies (DPS) in the UK or abroad in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.

Registration on the DIntS, DIS and DPS routes is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory performance during Parts A and B.

4.1      Part A - Introductory Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 80)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSA301

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: The Press

10

1

SSA303

Researching Communications and Media 1A

10

1

SSA305

Study Skills

10

1

SSA302

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: Broadcasting

10

2

SSA304

Researching Communications and Media 1B

10

2

SSA306

Media Landscapes

10

2

SSA307

Constructing Meaning: Texts and Audiences

10

1

SSA308

Introduction to Critical Viewings

10

2

In addition to the above compulsory modules, the student must choose a 10 wgt module from each semester from the selection shown below, or the student may choose to take all four of the options below:

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSA001

Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities

10

1

SSA101

Introduction to Social Psychology: Cognition and Social Influence

10

1

SSA002

Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change

10

2

SSA102

Introduction to Social Psychology: Self in Social Context

10

2

If the student has chosen only two of the modules above, they must choose two further 10 weight modules from the selection below: 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

EUA620

The Contemporary World Arena

10

1

SSA201

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy A

10

1

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

10

2

SSA202

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy B

10

2

Or other modules in the University’s Module Catalogue approved by the Department for inclusion in the programme, including languages in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.

Note: the ratio of modules chosen across the semesters may be 70:50, 60:60 or 50:70. 

4.2      Part B - Degree Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 80 credits)

(a)   Standard route:

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSB301

Communication and Cultural Theory

30

1 & 2

SSB302

Researching Communication and Media 2

30

1 & 2

SSB317

Critical Viewings: Film

10

1

SSB366

Promotional Culture

10

2

(b)   Compulsory module for candidates opting for an Erasmus Study Abroad Programme in Semester 2:

SSB395

Theory and Methods A (Erasmus)

30

1

(c)   Compulsory module for candidates opting for an Exchange Programme in Semester 1: 

SSB396

Theory and Methods B (Erasmus)

30

2

OPTIONAL MODULES

(a)        Standard route:

Students must choose one 20 credit module and 2x10 credit modules from the Departmental Options List.

(b)        Candidates opting for an Erasmus Study Abroad programme:

(i)         Candidates may choose options with a total modular weight of either 20 or 30 for the Semester in which they are in Loughborough.

(ii)       Candidates must select the appropriate Exchange Programme module from those listed below to give a total modular weight of 120 for the Part.

A selection will be offered from the following list, plus two 10 wgt language modules: 

 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSB030

Debating Society

10

2

SSB031 

Stereotyping the 'Other' 

10 

2

SSB034 

Surveillance Society 

10 

SSB113 

Gender and Psychology 

10 

SSB128 

Political Psychology 

10 

SSC138 

Forensic Psychology 

10 

SSB221 

Victimology 

10 

SSB236 

Protest and Social Change

 10

SSB237 

Sex Work and Sex Industries 

10 

SSB234 

Media, Culture and Crime  

10 

SSB360 

The Media in Global Context 

10 

SSB364 

Persuasion and Communication 

 10

SSC030

Debating Society

20

2

SSC031

Stereotyping the 'Other'

20

2

SSC034

Surveillance Society

20

1

SSC113

Gender and Psychology

20

2

SSC128

Political Psychology

20

1

SSC138

Forensic Psychology

20

1

SSC221

Victimology

20

1

SSC236

Protest and Social Change

20

1

SSC237

Sex Work and Sex Industries

20

2

SSC234

Media, Culture and Crime 

20

2

SSC360

The Media in Global Context

20

1

SSC364

Persuasion and Communication

20

2

EUB630 

British Politics 

20 

 1

EUB601 

The European Union 

20 

 Exchange Programme modules

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSB397

Study Abroad Module

50

1 or 2

SSB398

Study Abroad Module

60

1 or 2

SSB399

Study Abroad Module

70

1 or 2

 Note: the ratio of modules chosen across the semesters may be 70:50, 60:60 or 50:70. 

4.3       Part I

One of the following:

Code

Title

Sem

SSI001

Diploma in Professional Studies Placement (DPS, non credit-bearing)

1 & 2

SSI002

or

EUI002

Diploma in International Studies Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing)

or

Work Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing)

(For Diploma in International Studies)

1 & 2

SSI003

Diploma in Industrial Studies Placement (DIS, non credit-bearing) 

1 & 2

Students choosing to study on the Exchange One Semester Abroad in Part B will only be allowed to additionally participate in an assistantship or placement one year abroad (DIntS, DIS or DPS) in exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Department.

 

4.4      Part C - Degree Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (total 80 credits)

Compulsory modules for all candidates:

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSC399

OR

SSC499

Communication and Media Studies Project Dissertation

OR

Professional and Applied Social Sciences Dissertation

40

1 & 2

SSC317

Critical Viewings 3

10

2

SSC318

Critical Viewings: Television

10

1

SSC319

Digital Media and Society

10

1

SSC320

Presenting Media Debates

10

2

OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates choose options with a total modular weight of 40.

Students must choose 2x20 weight modules from the Departmental Options List below or 1x20 weight plus 2x10 weight language modules. 

A selection will be offered from the following list, plus two 10 wgt language modules: 

 

 Code

 Title

Modular Weight 

Semester 

SSC030

Debating Society

20

2

SSC031

Stereotyping the 'Other'

20

2

SSC034

Surveillance Society

20

1

SSC113

Gender and Psychology

20

2

SSC128

Political Psychology

20

1

SSC138

Forensic Psychology

20

1

SSC221

Victimology

20

1

SSC236

Protest and Social Change

20

1

SSC237

Sex Work and Sex Industries

20

2

SSC234

Media, Culture and Crime

20

2

SSC360

The Media in Global Context

20

1

SSC364

Persuasion and Communication

20

2

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60% to determine the final programme percentage mark.

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