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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Communications and Media Studies

Academic Year: 2016/17

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+DPS / BSc+DIS
Programme title Communications and Media Studies
Programme code SSUB04
Length of programme BSc (Hons): 3 years full-time, BSc (Hons) DPS/DInts/DIS: 4 years full-time (including a 1 year placement)
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, 28 Oct 2016 09:56:54 BST

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 

This is a three-year long full-time degree programme.  In each of the three parts (years) of the degree (A, B and C), students take modules amounting to 120 credits.  In each part, credit splits across the two semesters may be 60:60, 50:70 or 70:50 (depending on the credit weights available).  In addition, students have the opportunity to undertake a Placement Year (Part I) after Part B or a Study Abroad scheme at Part B. 

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

 

Part A - Introductory Modules 

COMPULSORY MODULES (80 credits) 

 

Semester 1 

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA301

Introduction to Communication & Media Studies

10

SSA307

Constructing Meaning: Texts and Audiences

10

 

 

 

  

 

Semester 2 

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA302

Introduction to Communication & Media Studies

10

SSA306

Media Landscapes

10

SSA308

Introduction to Critical Viewings

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 1 and 2 

SSA009

Introduction to Research Methods

20

SSA305

Foundation in Social Sciences

10

   

 

In addition to the above compulsory modules, students must choose 40 modular weights-worth of optional modules:

   

 

 

Semester 1 

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA001

Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities

10

SSA158

Ideas and Controveries in Psychology

10

SSA201

Introduction to Criminology & Social Policy A

10

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

10

GYA004

Geographies of Global Economic Change

10

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA002

Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change

10

SSA156

Self and Identity

10

SSA202

Introduction to Criminology & Social Policy B

10

EUA614

Political Ideologies

10

GYA104

Geographies of Identity

10

 

 

 

 

 

Semesters 1 and 2 

Students can also choose other modules from the University’s Module Catalogue, approved by the Department of Social Sciences for inclusion in the programme, including languages in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.

 

Language Options:  Students who wish to take a language are required to do both Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules

20

 

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

 

Part B - Degree Modules 

COMPULSORY MODULES (90 credits)

 

 Semester 1 

Code

Title

Credit

SSB301

Media Identity and Inequality

20

SSB317

Critical Viewings: Film

10

 

 Semester 2 

SSB303

Media and Social Change

20

SSB366

Promotional Culture

10

 

 Semester 1 and 2 

SSB302

Researching Communication and Media

30

 

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take 30 credits worth of options across two semesters. A selection will be offered from the following list, plus language modules:

 

Semester 1

 Code

Module Title

Credit

EUB630

British Politics

20

SSB020

Race and Racism

10

SSB216

Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors

10

SSB360

The Media in Global Context

10

 

Semester 2

 Code

Module Title

Credit

EUB604

Comparative European Politics

20

SSB023

Religion and Society

10

SSB234

Media, Culture and Crime

10

SSB239

Drugs: Society, Politics and Policy

10

 

Semesters 1 and 2

Language Options:  Students who wish to take a language are required to do both Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules

20

 

Information for students wishing to take a Study Abroad or Placement Year

Study Abroad: Candidates have the opportunity to apply for permission to undertake an approved course of study at either a European university which is a member of the EU approved Erasmus Exchange programmes in the Department of Social Sciences 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.

 

For students opting to take the Study Abroad scheme in Semester 2

 

Semester 1 Compulsory Modules total modular weight 50 credits:

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB301

Media, Identity and Inequality

20

SSB317

Critical Viewings: Film

10

SSB393

Researching and Communications and Media 2a (Erasmus)

15

In addition, depending on the credit gained through the Semester Abroad, students are enrolled on one of the following modules:

SSB397

Study Abroad Module

50

SSB398

Study Abroad Module

60

SSB399

Study Abroad Module

70

SSB400

Study Abroad Module

55

SSB401

Study Abroad Module

65

 

Optional modules: Depending on the credit gained through the Study Abroad semester, students take either 10, 20 or 30 credits worth of options in Semester 1.  A selection of optional modules will be offered every year from the Part B list provided above.

 

For students opting to take the Study Abroad scheme in Semester 1

 

Semester 2 Compulsory modules total modular weight 40 credits:

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB303

Media and Social Change

20

SSB366

Promotional Culture

10

SSB394

Researching and Communications and Media 2b (Erasmus)

15

In addition, depending on the credit gained through the Semester Abroad, students are enrolled on one of the following modules:

SSB397

Study Abroad Module

50

SSB398

Study Abroad Module

60

SSB399

Study Abroad Module

70

SSB400

Study Abroad Module

55

SSB401

Study Abroad Module

65

Optional modules: Depending on the credit gained through the Study Abroad semester, students take either 10, 20 or 30 credits worth of options in Semester 2. A selection of optional modules will be offered every year from the Part B list provided above.

Part I:  Placement Year

Placement Year: Students have the opportunity to take a placement year (Part I) after successful completion of Part B. Three placement routes are available:

  • Diploma of Professional Studies (DPS) Route: Students taking this route undertake a programme of professional training leading to the Diploma of Professional Studies (DPS) in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.
  • Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) Route:  Students taking this route undertake a programme of industrial training to the award of the Diploma of Industrial Studies (DIS) in the UK or abroad in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.
  • Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) Route: Students taking this route undertake a British Council 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. Successful completion of this route leads to the award of the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). 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. Note that students taking this Teaching Assistantship scheme through the Department of Politics, History and International Relations will be registered on module EUI002.  Students taking other work abroad placement opportunities will be registered on SSI002.

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

Depending on the Placement type, students are enrolled on one of the following modules:

 

Semesters 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Weight

SSI001

Diploma in Professional Studies Placement (DPS)

120

SSI002

Diploma in International Studies Placement (DIntS) - for work placements abroad

120

SSI003

Diploma in Industrial Studies Placement (DIS)

120

EUI002

Diploma in International Studies Placement (DIntS) - for the Teaching Assistantship Scheme

120

Students opting for the Study Abroad scheme in Part B (4.2.2.) will only be allowed to undertake placement year (DIntS, DIS or DPS) in exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Department.

Part C

 

COMPULSORY MODULES (80 credits)

 

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC317

Critical Viewings: Documentary

10

SSC319

Digital Media and Society

10

 

Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC318

Critical Viewings: Television

10

SSC320

Presenting Media Debates

10

 

Semester 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Weight

SSC399

Communication and Media Studies Project Dissertation

40

 

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take 40 credits worth of options across two semesters. A selection will be offered from the list below, plus language modules:

 

Semester 1

Code

Title

Credit

SSC0024

Gender, Sex and Society

20

SSC128

Political Psychology

20

SSC138

Forensic Psychology

20

SSC238

Youth Justice

20

SSC316

Media, Memory and History

20

EUC677

Britain and the EU

20

EUC717

Literacy and Larceny: Free Speech, Copyright and the    Tax on Knowledge, 1710-1886

20

 

Semester 2

Code

Title

Credit

SSC022

Body, Health and the Digital

20

SSC233

Crime and Deviance in Sport

20

SSC237

Sex Work and Sex Industries

20

SSC357

Producing the News

20

EUC674

Power, Violence and Human Suffering

20

EUC664

Politics and Religion

20

 

Semesters 1 and 2

Language Options:  Students who wish to take a language are required to do both Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules

20

 

 

 

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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