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If you study Media and Communication 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.

Optional

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.

DOCUMENTARY (COMM231)

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.

FEMINIST MEDIA STUDIES: TEXTS AND AUDIENCES A (COMM204)

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 media cultures; the intersection of gender with, for instance, race, class, and sexuality; and sites of/for audience participation, ‘prosumption’ and the resistance of normative ideals.

GLOBAL HOLLYWOOD: FROM FILM ART TO MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT (COMM201)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

This module examines the transformation of Hollywood cinema as a distinct mode of film practice with its own codes and conventions to a complex and multifaceted global media enterprise that now encompasses film, television, the internet and other screen-based media. With film being increasingly consumed away from the theatres, and with the talent that is involved in entertainment media circulating fluidly across different media and markets, Hollywood is not only about cinema but about a number of entertainment industries that are controlled by a handful of giant conglomerates. The module is organised in two blocks. The first block examines the key characteristics of Hollywood cinema as these were crystallised in the earlier decades of the 20th Century. Concepts such as the studio system, the classical narrative and style, modes of representation, film genres, stardom, technology and performance are discussed in detail. The second block deals with the transformations that started taking Hollywood by storm especially from the 1970s onwards, including: the emergence of the blockbuster film culture, the conglomeration of the film industry, the rise of franchise entertainment, the links to independent film production, Hollywood’s relationship to television (cable and online/streaming) and others.

GLOBAL NEWS, MEDIA AND WAR (COMM212)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

The media are now central to any discussion of contemporary war and conflict while global news reporting is supposedly in decline. How can we understand the interplay between global news, media and war in the context of rapidly evolving communication technologies and journalistic practices? This module explores the broader context of global news focusing on media in different parts of the world and the way they report on global issues. It considers the professional practice of foreign reporting and the challenges that notions of ethics, objectivity and attachment present for journalists. Then it engages with both the responses of states, including the use of media management and persuasion, and those of audiences who are often conflicted in reaction to distant conflict. The module concludes with an investigation of specific wars of recent years and a look at the future of reporting war and beyond.

IMMERSIVE MEDIA AND VIRTUAL WORLDS A (COMM210)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

The second-year module Immersive Media and Virtual Worlds explores the histories, theories, and industries related to the production of immersive experiences, digital technologies and virtual realities and worlds. In particular, the module will focus on video games and cinema.

PROFESSIONAL AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT (COMM260)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module helps you to explore and develop professional skills, attitudes and behaviours that will support career planning and facilitate a successful transition into a year in industry, should you choose to complete one.

PUBLIC RELATIONS CULTURES AND WRITING PRACTICES A (COMM232)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

This module will explore theoretical perspectives on Public Relations cultures and the professional practice of writing for the media, a key skill within and beyond PR. Students will develop understanding of what it means to be a creative professional in the PR or media writing industries by learning to organise their time effectively, produce work to specific briefs, work effectively in teams, allocate work equitably and monitor their progress.

Media, Self and Society (COMM235)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

Understandings of the self and the individual are the product of the shifting social, cultural and technological spaces that both define and destabilize the worlds we inhabit and which make us ‘who we are’. Taking, as its starting point, the interface between the individual and society in the media age, this module explores the way selfhood and identity is constructed, consumed and regulated, and considers the impacts of digital cultures and technologies on the ‘mediatisation of the self’ in a globalising world. The module is organised around four thematic blocks of lectures. Combining these interrelated approaches to media, self and society, the module offers a detailed survey of contemporary issues and debates on selfhood and identity in a global media age.

Declaring Independence: American Literature to 1900 (ENGL201)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

In this module you will be introduced to many of the important literary works produced in America before the twentieth century. The course spans a broad range of literary genres and contexts, from the aftermath of the Revolution to the Progressive Era. We will investigate the changing definitions of what it means to be an American from divergent literary voices, including European immigrants, proto-feminists, and enslaved African Americans. By the end of the module you will gain a greater understanding of nineteenth-century America’s literary history and its surrounding critical debates. The module utilises a broadly chronological structure, which enables you to trace key historical themes—such as citizenship, colonialism, gender inequality, and slavery—across 120 years of American literature and culture, while attending to how writers respond to social change through developing literary forms such as the romance, the short story, and the slave narrative.

The module is taught through a combination of whole cohort and small group sessions. In the whole cohort sessions you will learn important contextual information on American literature of the period, ask your lecturer questions and in the small group sessions you will develop your critical analysis through close reading and discussion. The module is assessed through an essay and take home exam; whole cohort sessions will support your essay writing and revision.

CHILD LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (ENGL256)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

This module deals with one of the most fascinating subfields of (psycho)linguistics: child language acquisition. It is intended to serve as an introduction to the field, including a discussion of the major theoretical and methodological issues. Taking into account a bi/multilingual perspective throughout, the module covers lexical, morphological, syntactic and pragmatic development. Based on the critical discussion of research articles in class, students will conduct their own small-scale analysis as part of their assessment. Furthermore, there will be 4 screenings of documentaries throughout the semester in order to allow for a critical discussion of the representation of scientific research in the popular media (a mini-essay on one of the screened films is also part of the assessment).

CREATIVITY: SOCIALLY-ENGAGED WRITING PRACTICE (ENGL275)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

This module introduces students to a variety of theoretical and practical contexts for thinking about creativity and the writing process. Students are given practical writing exercises and are encouraged to reflect upon their own practice. Students will also be encouraged to find innovative platforms and means of presenting their own creative work, and may choose to engage fully with the potential for creative thinking in the context of digital technologies and the new media.

DRAMA 1580-1640 (ENGL213)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

​This module covers a range of Renaissance drama, the contemporaries to Shakespeare, focussing on the relationship between page and stage and considering how an understanding of original performance conditions can influence our readings of the plays. 

BANNED: FICTION, SEX AND THE LIMITS OF DECENCY (ENGL298)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

This module seeks to consider the history of literary censorship from France of the 1820s through to postwar Britain and Ireland. It considers issues such as moral propriety, ‘bad language’, and the representation of sexually explicit material.

LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY (ENGL276)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

This course examines the interactive relationship between language and society. It explores language variation and the influence of social factors, such as social class, social networks and gender on the way we speak. Within the prism of interactional sociolinguistics, it examines speakers’ construction of social identities and the importance of context in identity construction. The module also aims to address sociolinguistic phenomena, such as diglossia, bilingualism and language shift that emerge from language contact. Relevant theories will be applied to naturally occurring data and methodological issues of data collection and analysis will be examined. The module is taught via synchronous or asynchronous whole cohort sessions, synchronous small group sessions, independent study and your own small scale sociolinguistic study in an area of language in society.

MODERNIST LITERATURE (ENGL232)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

In the period 1900–45 writers challenged all assumptions about what narrative does, about how we read, and how we represent and interpret the world. This module entails detailed study of some of the most radical modernist writers, such as T.S. Eliot, Mina Loy and Virginia Woolf. It also explores the contexts that shaped them and their innovations, from the city and visual art to empire and psychoanalysis. Together we’ll think about new understandings of time and the mind, new ideas about human relationships, and new dynamics between the silent and the stated, private and public, men and women, local and global, art and life.

MODERNIST MAGAZINES: HISTORY, FICTION AND THE LITERARY PERIODICAL (ENGL299)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

This module will look at the history, context and content of some of the late 19th and early 20th century’s most important ‘little magazines’. Using the library Special Collections and Brown University’s Modernist Journals Project this module seeks to understand the role that literary magazines play within a culture and the historical background to their production. It will examine their material and print cultures, history and content in order to gain understanding of the role magazines played in their exploration of, or engagement with, various literary and historical movements. Topics covered will include sexuality, censorship, Modernism, the manifesto, State interference, and literary content, amongst others. Some of the magazines examined may include: The Savoy, To-Day, Blast, The Criterion, Ireland To-Day and Weird Tales. This module will suit students interested in journalism, magazine material and print cultures, censorship, and historical contexts. The module aims to engage students with primary historical research through classes in special collections and through digital resources.

PRAGMATICS (ENGL274)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

Pragmatics is the study of meaning in context, of how the situation surrounding a sentence/utterance, (who said it, where, when and why?) influences how we understand its meaning. This 30 credit Level 2 module examines several relevant theories and looks at some of the ways that these theories are being applied to other areas of study (e.g. to how children learn language). It is delivered through weekly teaching sessions, and assessed by an assignment and a take-home paper.

PSYCHOLINGUISTICS (ENGL202)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

This module explores questions concerning the relationship of language to consciousness. This entails addressing questions concerning the nature of language in its evolutionary, acquisitional, developmental and degenerative stages. Through examining a range of communication systems, such as those used by computers, apes, and other animals, students will achieve an understanding of the unique nature of language in its relation to the human mind.

RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE: POETRY, PROSE AND DRAMA 1660-1789 (ENGL272)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

The module looks at literature in all genres from the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This is the period when the novel-form emerged; when poetry was sometimes epic (or mock-epic) and also began to cultivate a focus on the self and subjectivity; when drama turned theatrical conventions inside-out; when fantasies in the satiric mode sought to vex the world and when female authors entered the marketplace.

Romantic Literature (ENGL218)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

The main aims of the module are; to introduce you to a wide range of texts from the Romantic period; to improve reading skills specific to those texts; and to give you an informed sense of the wider cultural history of the time and the interconnections between different forms of writing in the period.

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH: VARIATION AND CHANGE (ENGL221)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

In this module, students will learn about the processes, mechanisms, events and ideologies that have contributed to the change of the English language across time. Students will experience different types of teaching environments, including general group sessions and practical small-group teaching sessions. The general-group sessions will be used to survey general themes, approaches or methodologies to historical linguistic analysis. The small-group sessions will be based around different types of exercises (eg discussion of research articles, text-analysis) and provide group discussion of relevant language issues and their implications in a wider context.

VICTORIAN LITERATURE (ENGL243)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

The aim of the Victorian Literature module is to expose students to a wide variety of texts written and published between 1837 and 1901, an extremely diverse period of literary history. The module will also provide opportunities for close analysis, application of literary theory and consideration of contextual issues in relation to the texts studied as a means of helping students to develop skills that will be useful in other literature modules.

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