Department of Journalism

PROGRAMME AIMS AND RATIONALE
Overview

The programme will build core competences to work in media houses, enter policy research, development studies in the field, or indeed pursue higher studies to go on to being teachers and researchers in the field. It will allow students to acquire technical skills in various areas of mass journalism, theoretical knowledge and perspectives which determine their nature and use, and a historical and social understanding of their dynamics, which is so important in a metamorphosing, unequal, globalized world where the power and ownership of the means of communication may change the fate of nations.

Educational Aims of the Bachelor of Journalism

The programme aims to familiarize students in the basics in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies.
This programme will enable an understanding of the medium of print journalism, its working, the writing forms and processes. It will also teach the working and organization of a print based organization, and the roles of various people in it. In a broad sense the student should be able to write/report and edit a news story, feature, editorial and news feature for print medium. Students will learn about the major critical theories in media and be familiarized with key debates on representation of women, nations, class and caste in media and cultural texts The programme will elaborate on the mediums of audio and video: i.e the characteristics of radio (sound) and Television (video). Apart from that it will teach the basics of camera (framing, composition, visual language etc.), microphones, sound effects and sound recording for Radio. It will enable an understanding of how media negotiate and leverage space in the global market place. The focus is also on the ways in which historically, media are globalized in environments and situations of conflict. Emphasis is given to the interaction between global and local/national/regional concerns affecting the operation of mass media in contemporary society across case studies.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
A. Knowledge and Understanding
At the end of the programme students should be able to:
  • Build core competences to work in media houses, enter policy research, development studies in the field, or indeed pursue higher studies to go on to being teachers and researchers in the field.
  • Acquire technical skills in various areas of mass communication and mass media, theoretical knowledge and perspectives which determine their nature and use, and a historical and social understanding of their dynamics, which is so important in a metamorphosing, unequal, globalised world where the power and ownership of the means of communication may change the fate of nations.
B. Cognitive/Intellectual skills/Application of Knowledge
At the end of the programme students should be able to:
  • B1. Understand that communication is fundamental to us as social beings,both as participants and as agents, and effective communication is based on a knowledge and awareness of the society and world that one inhabits.
  • B2. Analyse, process and encapsulate these in a variety of ways and emphasizes on Journalism as a form of specialized communication harnessed to mass media, both print and electronic. It thus accounts for the technological advances and transformations that impact the domain of mass mediated messages.
C. Communication/ICT/Numeracy/Analytic Techniques/Practical Skills
  • At the end of the programme students should be able to:
  • Possess core competence to work in media houses, enter policy research, development studies in the field, or indeed pursue higher studies to go on to being teachers and researchers in the field.
  • Possess technical skills in various areas of mass communication and mass media, theoretical knowledge and perspectives which determine their nature and use, and a historical and social understanding of their dynamics, which is so important in a metamorphosing, unequal, globalised world where the power and ownership of the means of communication may change the fate of nations.
  • Foster Communication as is fundamental to us as social beings, both as participants and as agents, and effective communication is based on a knowledge and awareness of the society and world that one inhabits.
  • Analyse, process and encapsulate these in a variety of ways and emphasizes on Journalism as a form of specialized communication harnessed to mass media, both print and electronic. It thus accounts for the technological advances and transformations that impact the domain of mass mediated messages.
D. General transferable skills
At the end of the programme students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate managerial skills
  • Justify the importance of team sprit to solve a common problem.
  • Be self-contained to perform assigned tasks independently or with little guidance.
  • Complete their assigned task under tough time constraints.
  • Support business organizational control principles and procedures;

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