The first year of the Journalism and Politics degree has three dimensions. The first of these is the understanding the broadest contexts of news and society, and you will study the fundamental theories of journalism and the wider implications. The second dimension is a general understanding of the British political system, and how this differs from the ways that other nations are governed. Finally, you will begin to develop the practical skills and professional approaches required for a successful career in journalism. These skills incorporate how to find out information, how to record it (using shorthand), how to develop and build stories, and how to communicate them. This dimension also includes the preparation for, and execution of, a professional placement
In your second year, you will examine political themes in more detail, and will take a particular look at issues such as conflict, global crises and the political ideologies of particular parties. You will take a particular look at the way that politics is reported by and interacts with the media, and how for example, social media has an increasing bearing on the operations and influence of political activity. The skills that you were introduced to in the first year are further developed and refined, and the year concludes with a second professional placement, where these maturing skills can be applied in real world situations.
In your final year, you will complete your comprehensive understanding of politics. You will chose particular case studies and develop these into sustained pieces of academic research. You will also consider the ways in which different types of democracies operate across the world, and how modern terrorism is confronted and countered. The increased level of scrutiny is also applied to the ways that politics is covered within the wider realm of popular culture, and you will also gain an important understanding of the essential fundamentals of law required by contemporary journalists. The finely honed practical skills are put to work within a professional portfolio of journalistic outputs.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: