UJ Journalism

UJ Journalism

The Communication and Media Major offers a thorough grounding in communication and media theory and practice. It is suitable for students who would like to gain understanding of the ‘how’s and ‘why’s’ of contemporary media practices, including producing journalism for the digital multi-media environment, or for television and film. It will allow students to specialize in theoretically informed media production in content areas relating to their second major. Therefore, students will graduate as content specialists in their other major, using the practice-based skills taught in the Communication and Media Major.


This major offers an initial foundation in the processes and theories of communication and media, particularly in the South African and African contexts, as well as journalism and ethical newswriting. It introduces the principles and practices of digital and social media, and helps students to understand the implications of living through the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, where more people are conducting their lives over the internet.


It gives students a grounding in communication research, the relationships between communication, media and global culture and the roles of communication and media in Africa. In their third year, students will be able to undertake research projects on different aspects of African media and communication systems, and understand how law and ethics apply to different media practices. They will also specialize in particular media practices, such as newswriting and editing for multiple platforms; producing content for film, television or mobile screens; or create visual content for internet journalism, film and television.

Majors and elective modules to combine with Communication and Media as major include:

Anthropology; Development Studies; English; Philosophy; Politics and International Relations; Psychology; Sociology; and/or Strategic Communication.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

If Communication and Media is taken as a major, a total of six semester modules (of which two on each year level):

Communication and Media 1A and 1B,

Communication and Media 2A and 2B, and

Communication and Media 3A and 3B, OR 3C and 3D, OR 3E and 3F.

Students are not allowed to register for the first time in the second semester for this degree.

The curriculum for the BA (Journalism) programme consists of 24 semester modules compiled as follows:

First Year
1. Communication 1A: Introduction to Communication

2. Second major selected from:

Any language 1A
Anthropology 1A
Linguistics & Literature Theory 1A
Philosophy 1A
Politics 1A
Sociology 1A
Historical Studies 1A
Public Management & Governance 1A

3. Journalism 1A

4. English 1C or Afrikaans 1A

5. One of the following (may not be the same as major):

Anthropology 1A
Development Studies 1A
Economics 1A
Historical Studies 1A
Information Management 1A
Linguistics & Literature Theory 1A or Production and Reception of Texts A
Philosophy 1A
Politics 1A
Sociology 1A

1. Communication 1B: Mass Communication.

2. Second major selected from:

Any language 1B
Anthropology 1B
Linguistics & Literature Theory 1B
Philosophy 1B
Politics 1B
Sociology 1B
Historical Studies 1B
Public Management & Governance 1B

3. Journalism 1B

4. English 1D or Afrikaans 1B

5. One of the following (may not be the same as major):

Anthropology 1B
Development Studies 1B
Economics 1B
Historical Studies 1B
Information Management 1B
Linguistics & Literature Theory 1B or Cross-cultural communication B
Philosophy 1B
Politics 1B
Sociology 1B

Second Year
1. Journalism 2A

2. Second Major

3. Communication 2A: Introduction to Communication Theories

4. Minor

Anthropology 2A
Development Studies 2A
Economics 2A
Historical Studies 2A
Information Management 2A
Linguistics & Literature
Theory 2A
Philosophy 2A
Politics 2A
Sociology 2A

1. Journalism 2B

2. Second Major

3. Communication 2B: Communication Research

4. Minor

Anthropology 2B
Development Studies 2B
Economics 2B
Historical Studies 2B
Information Management 2B
Linguistics & Literature Theory 2B
Philosophy 2B
Politics 2B
Sociology 2B

Third Year 
1. Journalism 3A

2. Second major 3A

3. Communication 3A: Organisational Communication

1. Journalism 3B

2. Second major 3B

3. Communication 3B: Global Communication