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Journalism Media and Sociology (BA)

  • UCAS code: LP35
  • Next intake: September 2020
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Clearing and Adjustment

This course is available in Clearing and Adjustment for 2020 entry. Call us on +44 (0)33 3241 2800 to discuss your options or view all of our vacancies.


Entry Year

Why study this course

Many students find studying a joint honours programme stimulating and rewarding as they are able to observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects. By combining journalism, media and sociology, you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial for your future.

This degree is delivered in partnership by the School of Social Sciences and the School of Journalism, Media and Culture. It offers an opportunity to explore current debates in sociological concepts and methods, communications and media studies.

Your Sociology modules will help you to make sense of the social and cultural contexts in which journalism is rooted and to which media debates respond – such as the changing nature of media networks, shifts in the nature of work, leisure and family life, transformation in institutions such as the education, welfare, political and legal systems, shifts in the ethnic make-up of Britain, the continuing significance of class and gender inequalities, and debates over increasing globalisation and new forms of technology, media, scientific innovation and medical intervention.

Sociology modules will help you to understand pressing questions raised by studying the media, such as society’s prevailing attitudes to immigration, why certain social groups are fascinated with celebrity, why young people seem to be less interested in politics today and whether it is really the case that we are becoming a more affluent and individualised society.

Your Journalism and Media modules will introduce many of the key themes, concepts, frameworks and skills necessary to begin your critical analysis of the media, your study of journalism and your understanding of mass communications.

They will compare scholarly and professional approaches to understanding the evolving nature of news in light of recent trends and developments and you will learn how to use historical and analytical approaches to think critically about contemporary media culture.

Distinctive features

  • Sociology is an excellent subject to pair with journalism because of its close attention to cultural concerns and its ability to contextualise and inform our understanding of the important role of the media in society.
  • The opportunity for you to learn in Schools ranked 2nd in the UK for research quality in journalism, 3rd in sociology and 5th in education in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF).
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching.
  • The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.

Where you'll study

School of Social Sciences

Our degrees are delivered by internationally recognised experts with a track record of influencing policy and practice around the world.

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School of Journalism, Media and Culture

We provide a scholarly environment to help you acquire both the knowledge and skills needed to enter your chosen area of the media.

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Entry requirements

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

Find out about our Schools' admissions criteria, offer guarantee scheme, changes to programmes and translating your documents.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,000 None

Learn about our tuition fees

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£17,450 None

Learn about our tuition fees

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

You should be prepared to invest in some key text books and to cover the costs of basic printing and photocopying.  You may also want to buy copies of other books, either because they are particularly important for your course or because you find them particularly interesting.

If you have a laptop computer you will have the option of purchasing software at discounted prices.

Course specific equipment

What the student should provide:

You do not need any specific equipment to study on this programme.  Access to a laptop computer would be advantageous as many readings are available electronically and most assessments are prepared using standard word processing software.

What the University will provide:

Networked computers with appropriate file space and all necessary software.  Access to essential and background reading for each module plus a wide range of journals and other online resources.  All course documents will be available online (via the VLE) and hard copies of essential documents will be provided if requested.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This is a three-year, full-time course consisting of 120 credits a year.  The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.

In year one you will lay the foundations for later specialist study, taking a number of core modules and following a study skills programme designed to help you make the transition to higher education. In years two and three, you will be encouraged to study and learn more independently, giving you the opportunity to read more widely and to develop your own interests. The final year also includes the option to study a 40 credit dissertation.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

Year one is a foundation year to give you the skills for advanced study and an overview of the two subjects to inform your later choices. Our personal tutor programme will help you to make the transition to higher education.

You will take 120 credits in total, equally split between 60 credits in Journalism and Media and 60 credits in Sociology.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction to Social Science ResearchSI028020 credits
Key Ideas in Social ScienceSI028120 credits
Introduction to SociologySI029120 credits

Year two

You will again take 60 credits in Journalism and Media and 60 credits in Sociology.

Your personal tutor will help you to choose modules that best suit your interests and future career choices.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Contemporary InequalitiesSI028820 credits
Social Research MethodsSI029720 credits
Social TheorySI030020 credits

Year three

You will again take 60 credits in Journalism and Media and 60 credits in Sociology.

Your personal tutor will help you to choose modules to best suit a particular pathway with you future career choices in mind.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

You will learn from scholars who are shaping the future of their fields. Our courses reflect both the core ideas of their disciplines and contemporary debates, theories and research.

Teaching methods include a mixture of lectures, seminars, independent study and self-directed learning that draw use of on-line resources, individual work and group tasks. Lectures generally provide an overview of the relevant topic, introducing key concepts or research, and highlighting contemporary issues or debates. An increasing number of lectures are now recorded. In contrast to lectures, seminars give you the opportunity to discuss particular readings, research or topics in detail. This allows you to consolidate your understanding and get feedback on your individual learning. Seminars also enable you to hone your communication, presentation and collaborative skills as you take part in group discussions and other tasks.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

26%

Guided independent study

74%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

24%

Guided independent study

76%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

22%

Guided independent study

78%

Placements

0%

How will I be supported?

Personal tutors in each School will guide you for the duration of your studies.  The tutors are available to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance on your academic studies.

All modules within the course make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information relating to assessment tasks. Additional module-specific support is provided by seminar tutors, lecturers and/or module convenors. Support for the dissertation is provided by a supervisor who will meet with students regularly.

 

Year 1

Written exams

53%

Practical exams

2%

Coursework

46%

Year 2

Written exams

25%

Practical exams

7%

Coursework

69%

Year 3

Written exams

25%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

75%

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of key concepts and theoretical approaches that have been developed and are developing within Sociology and Journalism
  • An understanding of sociological and cultural theories
  • An understanding of social change and the nature of social processes that underpin them and their implications for social diversity and inequality
  • An understanding of a range of qualitative and quantitative research strategies and methods

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • appraise sociological and cultural theories and assess them in relation to evidence
  • demonstrate an awareness of social change, the nature of social processes underpinning them and their implications for social diversity and inequality
  • appraise and use a range of qualitative and quantitative research strategies and methods
  • demonstrate awareness of the distinctive character of sociology in relation to the discipline of journalism and media studies and also its relationship to everyday explanations.
  • demonstrate intellectual independence, critical engagement, personal and academic communication skills.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Design and use a range of data collection instruments needed to explore and understand the social world
  • Critically evaluate, synthesise and interpret primary and secondary data generated using different methods, using specialist software where necessary
  • Work both collaboratively and individually on theoretically informed and empirically-grounded projects that draw on appropriate and relevant research evidence

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The capacity for problem-solving and originality in thinking by using knowledge and skills to tackle familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • Academic and personal skills such as critical thinking, writing, oral presentations, problem solving, group work, time-management, and the use of information technology.
  • The ability to communicate complex information in a variety of formats including reports, oral presentations, posters and dissertations

Careers and placements

Career prospects

School of Social Sciences

In 2015/16, 96% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for life outside of education.

We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating.

School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

In 2015/16, 93% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Many graduates progress onto our postgraduate journalism, public relations and communications masters degrees and from there to various jobs in the media.

Recent examples of entry level jobs include: content author, digital media executive, social media policy adviser, research intern, editorial intern, reporter, PR executive/assistant, policy intern, campaign executive, teaching assistant and also project manager.

Placements

Both the School of Social Sciences and the School of Journalism and Media Studies have dedicated placements staff who can offer advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available.

Studying in Welsh

Up to 33% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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