Other options

If you study English and Communications Studies BA at XJTLU you can choose from these options to study at the University of Liverpool on the XJTLU 2+2 programme.

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Communication and Media BA (Hons): XJTLU 2+2 programme

Course details

The world we live in is dominated by media in many forms. From entertainment and culture, through news and social media, to politics and promotion: the media shapes our understanding of what we know and what we consume. Whether you want to work in one of these areas, to research their impact or simply to understand more about our relationship with media, this programme provides a thorough introduction with plenty of opportunities to develop specialist skills.

Course overview

Communications Studies BA (Hons)

Film, journalism, digital media and language: how do these various communication systems shape the world around us, and our perception of it?

From politics and human rights, to celebrity and culture: you will learn how such ideas are influenced, expressed and shared. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of media and communication forms, analysing how they are organised as text, how they represent the world to us and ourselves to the world (from global power politics to constructions of individual identity), and how the media industries are organised to produce and profit from them.

As your degree progresses, you will have the opportunity to tailor your studies through a wide range of optional modules in topics such as political communication, screen media, virtual worlds, digital cultures, media writing, language and public relations. Employability is incorporated throughout the programme, including within modules, through ‘real world’ assessment methods and at tailored events. Many of our modules seek to develop practical skills – such as media writing, blogging and video-making – alongside academic skills, and final year students have opportunities to undertake a relevant work placement or their own independent research.

Optional modules within the Communications Studies BA (Hons) are listed below.

English and Communication Studies BA (Hons)

Within this programme, you will take half of your studies in the Department of Communication and Media and the other half in the Department of English.

You will choose modules worth 30 credits from each department in each semester of study. For the Communication Studies half of the programme, you can choose from the same range of modules as other students in the Department of Communication and Media, as listed below. For the English half of your programme, you will choose from the same range of modules offered by the Department of English.

Course content and modules

Year two

On the 2+2 programme, you'll study your third and fourth years at the University of Liverpool. These will be year two and year three of the University of Liverpool's programme of study.


Children, Culture and Cinema (COMM214)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

In this module, students will be invited to think critically about the relationship between children, culture and cinema. This module will explore how norms and expectations of children and childhood are explored cinematically. It will consider films that are specifically targeted at children and family audiences as well as films that more exclusively engage adult audiences. It will seek to investigate how children are depicted within children’s films; how children’s culture is depicted and implemented in cinema; how children’s films address diverse audiences; how adulthood and childhood are negotiated on screen; and how the child is figured as both a consumer and subject in cinema more broadly.


Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

Besides introducing you to a variety of remarkable and sometimes rare documentary texts, this module examines the key purposes, forms and approaches employed at different moments in the history of documentary, how documentary represents the “real world”, and notions of “truth”, ethics and audience engagement. The module also focuses on how documentary form and content can be analysed.


Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces students to feminist media studies: they will become familiar with key concepts and debates relating to gender, with reference to a range of media, as well as thinking about how we conceptualise and study media producers, texts and audiences. Students will consider the gendered nature of representations as well as various