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Journalism, Media and Philosophy

The curriculum for the BA MCC is presented below. You can also download detailed module summaries of each core module in the programme from this page.

 

 

Presented

Module Code

Credit Value

First Year

A

Foundational Modules

 

Computer Literacy

OR

End-User Computing (for those wishing to take design, video production or new media in second/ third year)

Semester 1

 

Semester 1

ITCL101

 

WRFC101

6

 

8

 

Introduction to Media Ethics

Semester 1

LMC113

6

B

Compulsory Modules

 

The compulsory component of the course is made up of a language (comprising FOUR modules) plus TEN LMC modules at 1st-year level. Students may choose Afrikaans or English or French or isiXhosa as their core language. Students choosing English as their core language must select the FOUR appropriate modules for that particular type of English study i.e. LLE101, LLE102, LLE103 and LLE104.

*Note: Students must complete two years of a language. See the language requirements at 2nd-year level.

84

 

LANGUAGE MODULES (Select four modules of the same language)

 

Afrikaans

 

Language and Text

Introduction to Afrikaans Poetry

Language and Context

Introduction to Afrikaans Prose

Semester 1

Semester 1


Semester 2

Semester 2

LA111

LA113


LA112

LA114

6

6


6

6

 

English

 

English Language Studies

English Language Studies

Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to Drama

Introduction to Narrative Fiction

Introduction to African Literature

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester1

Semester 1

Semester 2


Semester 2

LES101

LES102

LLE101

LLE102

LLE103


LLE104

12

12

6

6

6


6

 

French

 

French for Beginners

French for Beginners

French for Beginners

French for Beginners

Semester 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 2

LFP101

LFP102

LFP103

LFP104

6

6

6

6

 

isiXhosa Non-mother Tongue speakers

 

isiXhosa for Beginners

isiXhosa for Beginners

isiXhosa for Beginners

isiXhosa for Beginners

Semester 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 2

LXP111

LXP112

LXP113

LXP114

6

6

6

6

 

isiXhosa Mother Tongue speakers

 

Introduction to Language Study

Introduction to Creative Writing and Prose

Morphology and Semantics

Introduction to Oral literature and Creative Writing

Semester 1


Semester 1


Semester 2

Semester 2

LX111


LX112


LX113

LX114

6


6


6

6

 

LMC MODULES (select ten modules)

 

Introduction to Communication Studies (a)

Semester 1

LMC101

6

 

Cultural Studies: Classical Greek Culture

Semester 1

LMC103

6

 

Cultural Studies: Contemporary (a)

Semester 1

LMC105

6

 

Introduction to Media Studies

Semester 1

LMC107

6

 

Introduction to Media Studies: Film (a)

Semester 1

LMC111

6

 

Introduction to Communication Studies (b)

Semester 2

LMC102

6

 

Cultural Studies: Classical Roman Culture

Semester 2

LMC104

6

 

Cultural Studies: Contemporary (b)

Semester 2

LMC106

6

 

Introduction to Media Studies: News Reporting and Writing

Semester 2

LMC109

6

 

Introduction to Media Studies: Magazine Feature Writing

Semester 2

LMC110

6

 

Introduction to Media Studies: Film (b)

Semester 2

LMC112

6

C

Elective Modules

 

 

 

 

Students choose modules relevant to the overall purpose of the degree in consultation with the Programme Leader. Students electing to take an additional language must take all four applicable modules in that language i.e. LA111, LA112, LA113 and LA114

 

Introduction to Business Management and Entrep

Semester 1

EB101

12

 

Introduction to the Business Functions

Semester 2

EB102

12

 

Understanding Cultural Diversity

Term 1

SA101

6

 

Understanding Cultural Diversity

Term 2

SA102

6

 

Introduction to Sociology

Semester 1

SSE101

12

 

Introduction to Xhosa Culture

Term 1

SA105

6

 

Political issues, Theories & Concepts

Term 1

SLP101

6

 

Contemporary SA Politics & Policy

Term 2

SLP102

6

 

Introduction to International Relations

Term 4

SLP106

6

 

French for Beginners

Term 1

LFP101

6

 

French for Beginners

Term 2

LFP102

6

 

French for Beginners

Term 3

LFP103

6

 

French for Beginners

Term 4

LFP104

6

 

isiXhosa for Beginners

Semester 1

LXP101

6

 

isiXhosa for Beginners

Semester 1

LXP102

6

 

isiXhosa for Beginners

Semester 2

LXP103

6

 

isiXhosa for Beginners

Semester 2

LXP104

6

 

Music in History & Society: Black Jazz and Politics in SA

Term 1

MGS101

6

 

Music in History & Society: American Jazz

Term 2

MGS102

6

 

Music in History & Society: Western Classical Music ca 850 – 1600

Term 3

MGS103

6

 

Music in History & Society: Western Classical Music ca 1600 – 1900

Term 4

MGS104

6

 

Music Technology

Semester 1

MTS101

6

 

Music Technology

Semester 2

MTS102

6

Credits First Year: Minimum 120

 

 

 

 

 

Second Year

A

Compulsory Modules

 

Students must complete all FOUR second year level modules of their core language (Afrikaans or English or French or isiXhosa) plus EIGHT LMC modules. If the student chooses to take elective modules such as a second language or Philosophy, they need only complete SIX LMC core modules.

 

LMC MODULES (select eight modules)

 

Communication Studies

Note: LMC101 and LMC102 are Pre-requisites

Semester 1

LMC201

10

 

Media Studies: Film Genres

Semester 2

LMC206

10

 

Media Studies: Introduction to Public Relations & Corporate Communications

Note: LMC 107 is a pre-requisite

Note: A maximum of 70 students will be selected on merit.

Semester 1

LMC208

10

 

Cultural Studies: Contemporary Society (a)

Note: LMC105 and LMC106 are pre-requisites.

Semester 1

LMC210

10

 

Principles of Design and Layout (a)

Note: A maximum of 55 students will be accepted into the course based on merit.

Note: WRFC 101 is a pre-requisite

Semester 1

LMC212

10

 

Introduction to Scriptwriting

Semester 1

LMC213

10

 

Written Communication

Note: LMC109 or LMC110 are pre-requisites

Semester 2

LMC202

10

 

Media Studies: Media and Society

Semester 1

LMC203

10

 

Media Studies: Television

Semester 1

LMC205

10

 

Media Studies: Film Genres

Semester 2

LMC206

10

 

Media Studies: Advertising Industry

Semester 2

LMC207

10

 

Media Studies: African Film

Semester 2

LMC209

10

 

Cultural Studies: Contemporary Society (a)

Note: LMC105 and LMC106 are pre-requisites

Semester 2

LMC211

10

 

Principles of Design and Layout (a)

Note: LMC 212 is a pre-requisite for this module. A maximum of 55 students will be accepted into the course based on merit.

Semester 2

 

LMC214

 

10

 

 

Media Studies: Television (b): Image Production

Pre-requisite: LMC 205: Media Studies: Television (a)

A maximum of 50 students will be selected on merit.

Semester 2

LMC215

10

 

Copywriting for Advertising and Marketing

Semester 2

LMC216

10

 

Scriptwriting

Note: LMC213 is a pre-requisite

Semester 2

LMC217

10

 

LANGUAGE MODULES (select FOUR modules from ONE of the following languages)

 

Syntax and Morphology: (Afrikaans)

Semester 1

LA211

10

 

Phonology and Semantics (Afrikaans)

Semester 2

LA212

10

 

Cultural Interaction (Afrikaans)

Semester 1

LA213

10

 

Song and Lyrics (Afrikaans)

Semester 2

LA214

10

 

The English Renaissance and Literature

Semester 1

LLE201

10

 

Popular Literature and Subversion

Semester 1

LLE202

10

 

Romanticism and After

Semester 2

LLE203

10

 

Literature of Africa and its Diaspora

Semester 2

LLE204

10

 

Creative Writing: Prose

Semester 1

LE205

10

 

Creative Writing: Drama, Radio and TV

Semester 2

LE206

10

 

English Language Studies

Semester 1

LES201

20

 

English Language Studies

Semester 2 LES202

20

 

Intermediate French

Term 1

LFP201

10

 

Intermediate French

Term 2

LFP202

10

 

Intermediate French

Term 3

LFP203

10

 

Intermediate French

Term 4

LFP204

10

 

IsiXhosa for non-Mother Tongue Speakers 2

Semester 1

LXP211

10

 

IsiXhosa for non-Mother Tongue Speakers 2

Semester 1

LXP212

10

 

IsiXhosa for non-Mother Tongue Speakers 2

Semester 2

LXP213

10

 

IsiXhosa for non-Mother Tongue Speakers 2

Semester 2

LXP214

10

 

 

 

 

 

B

Electives

Students elect modules in consultation with the programme leader. The following electives are recommended, but students may choose to study an additional language, or, subject to the approval of the programme leader, any other modules relevant to the overall purpose of the degree. Students may also take a second language (English, Afrikaans/ Dutch, isiXhosa or French) as elective.

 

Marketing Management

Note: EB102 is a pre-requisite

Semester 1

EBM201

14

 

Marketing Communication Management

Note: EBM201 is a pre requisite

Semester 2

EBM203

14

 

Music Technology

Note: MTS101 and MTS102 are pre-requisites

Semester 1

MTS201

12

 

Music Technology

Semester 2

MTS202

12

 

Web Page Design 201

Semester 1

WRWD201

7

 

Note: Only students who have passed WRFC101 (equivalent) will be allowed to enrol for this module. Those students seeking credit for WRFC101 will be required to pass a competency test in end-user computing. ITCL101 or ITCL102 are also suficient pre-requisites for WRWD201.

 

Web Page Design 202

Note: Pre-requisite for WRWD 201

Semester 2

WRWD202

7

 

South African Political Economy

Term 2

SLP202

10

 

South African Policy Process

Term 3

SLP203

10

 

Cultural Dynamics

Term 1

SA201

10

 

Managing Cultural Diversity

Term 2

SA202

10

 

Group Dynamics

Term 2

SS202

10

 

History of Ideas: Philosophy and Architecture

Term 1

SF201

10

 

Philosophy and Film

Term 2

SF202

10

 

History of Ideas: Philosophy and Science

Term 3

SF203

10

 

History of Ideas: Philosophy and Modernity

Term 4

SF204

10

 

Women in Africa

Term 4

SSA204

10

 

Music in History & Society: Music in East Cape Culture

Semester 1

MGS221

10

 

Music in History & Society: Rock Music

Semester 2

MGS222

10

Credits Second Year: Minimum 120

 

Third Year

A

Compulsory Modules

 

All students must complete LMC 311 and in addition select a minimum of three LMC modules in consultation with the programme leader. In addition to the required LMC modules, students may choose to continue a language to third-year level, or, subject to the approval of the programme leader, any other modules relevant to the overall purpose of the degree. Students must complete 120 credits of modules at third year level in order to comply with the requirements of the degree.

 

Media and Communication project: Integration of Theory and Practice

Year

LMC 311

20

 

Media Law

Semester 2

JMJ 301

15

 

New Media and Information Technology

Semester 2

LMC302

15

 

Freelance Writing for the Media

Note: LMC 202 is a pre-requisite

Semester 1

LMC 303

15

 

Advanced Design and Layout (a)

Note: Pre-requisite: LMC 212 and LMC 214

Semester 1

LMC 304

15

 

Media Studies: Film

Semester 2

LMC306

15

 

Video Production

Note: A maximum of 20 students will be selected on merit.

Pre-requisites: LMC 215, LMC 213 and LMC217, and LMC 206.

Year

LMC 315

20

 

Media Studies: African film (2)

Semester 1

LMC 307

15

 

Public Relations and Corporate Communications

Note: LMC 208 is a pre-requisite.

Semester 1

LMC 318

15

 

Cultural Studies: Contemporary Society (a)

Note: LMC 210 and LMC 211 are pre-requisites.

Semester 1

LMC 309

15

 

Cultural Studies: Contemporary Society (b)

Note: LMC309 is a pre-requisite

Semester 2

LMC319

15

 

Applied Public Relations and Corporate Communications

Note: LMC318 is a pre-requisite

Semester 2

LMC320

15

 

Advanced Video Production (b)

Note: LMC315 is a pre-requisite

Semester 2

LMC321

15

 

Advanced Design and Layout (b)

Note: LMC304 is a pre-requisite

Semester 2

LMC322

15

 

Scriptwriting

Note: LMC213 and 217 are pre-requisites

Year

LMC323

15

B

Elective Modules

 

Students select modules in consultation with the Programme Leader. The following electives are recommended, but students may, subject to the approval of the programme leader, choose any other modules relevant to the overall purpose of the degree.

 

Afrikaans: Journalistic Text Production

Semester 1

LA311

15

 

Modern Afrikaans Poetry

Semester 1

LA313

15

 

Sociolinguistics

Semester 2

LA312

15

 

Modern Afrikaans Prose

Semester 2

LA314

15

 

Dutch Prosa

Year

LD301

15

 

French Language and Literature

Term 1

LF301

15

 

French Language and Literature

Term 2

LF302

15

 

French Language and Literature

Term 3

LF303

15

 

French Language and Literature

Term 4

LF304

15

 

Modernism and Literature

Semester 1

LLE302

15

 

Postmodernism and Literature

Semester 1

LLE303

15

 

SA Literature

Semester 2

LLE304

15

 

World Literature Today

Semester 2

LLE305

15

 

Creative Writing Portfolio

Semester 2

LLE306

15

 

English Language Studies

Semester 1

LES301

30

 

English Language Studies

Semester 2

LES302

30

 

Xhosa: Pragmatics

Semester 1

LX311

15

 

Xhosa: Biography and Essays

Semester 1

LX312

15

 

Xhosa: Language Change

Semester 2

LX313

15

 

Xhosa: Creative Writing and Poetry

Semester 2

LX314

15

 

isiXhosa for non-Mother Tongue Speakers 3

Semester 1

LXP311

15

 

isiXhosa for non-Mother Tongue Speakers 3

Semester 1

LXP312

15

 

isiXhosa for non-Mother Tongue Speakers 3

Semester 2

LXP313

15

 

isiXhosa for non-Mother Tongue Speakers 3

Semester 2

LXP314

15

 

Music Technology

Semester 1

MTS301

20

 

Music Technology

Semester 2

MTS302

20

 

Philosophical Critique of Culture: Psychoanalysis

Term 1

SF301

15

 

Philosophical Critique of Culture: Language

Term 2

SF302

15

 

Philosophical Critique of Culture:  Postmodernism

Term 3

SF303

15

 

Philosophical Critique of Culture: Power

Term 4

SF304

15

Credits Third Year: Minimum 120

Total Credits for Degree: 360

 

Contact information
Dr Subeshini Moodley
Senior Lecturer
Tel: (041) 504-2225
Subeshini.Moodley@mandela.ac.za

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