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UDMEDLAN - BA Media with Languages

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Arts Level Honours
Possible interim awards
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Subject Area Creative Technologies and Digital Media
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time Day 4 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The degree has a growing use of pedagogical innovation as well as utilising traditional teaching methods. The latter includes a mixture of lectures, seminars, and workshops. Within this a combination of whole group, small group, and student-led and tutor-led teaching occurs. This will include face to face teaching and discussion, but there is also an increasing emphasis on the use of blended learning opportunities. Many modules already are paper free, with considerable learning materials and resources being placed on relevant module weblearn/BlackBoard sites, e.g. lecture notes, module handbooks, video links, recorded lectures, podcasts, first hand documents, and blogs.

Teaching staff provide electronic feedback, after the electronic submission of formative assessments, and through on-line office hours. A growing number of materials are also available on-line through the University library, including access to journals and e-books.

This is all designed to open up the learning space for students to enable them to access the degree 24/7, improving the student learning experience, whilst increasing cost-effectiveness and efficiency.

An additional and important part of the teaching and learning strategy is the academic research which is carried by teaching staff. This is used to support teaching through the transferring of staff research skills and knowledge to enhance the student learning experience, i.e. the research is effectively feedback to students through teaching.

Staff research specialisms are an essential component of the Media curriculum, with students benefitting from being taught by specialists.

Course aims

The aims of the programme are to:

● Establish a sound theoretical and methodological framework for the coherent and systematic exploration of the languages and forms of the mass media and the relationship between production, distribution, reception, and the construction of meaning in the media.

● Develop a knowledge and understanding of the media and culture in their historical contexts through the examination of an appropriate range of materials and practices.

● Explore the cultural and ideological debates underlying the development of the academic frameworks of media studies, with particular reference to mass media’s negotiations of power, gender, sexuality, race, and class.

● Develop in students a confident understanding of their particular interests and abilities and the ways in which these might be directed in relation to contemporary media and cultural concerns and aspirations.

● Introduce students to a range of approaches that will enable them to analyse the structures and processes whereby media and popular culture texts and practices are produced and consumed.

● Explore and analyse national and international power relations in the mass media.

● Provide students with an integrated and thorough understanding of the ways in which social practices and cultural processes inform our consciousness of our affiliations and ourselves.

● Introduce students to a range of theoretical approaches focusing on the interconnections between various forms of public and media culture and the structures of individual, everyday lived experience.

● Provide language development for those whose interests would be enhanced by improving their foreign language abilities in more than one language –Arabic, French and/or Spanish

● Assist students to develop a range of cognitive, social and language skills relevant to their intellectual, vocational and personal development, with a particular emphasis on employability

● Widen access to higher education and to create an enabling environment for non-standard and standard students, thereby promoting equality of opportunity for UK,EU and international students.

● Provide opportunities for students to acquire a range of transferable skills that will enable them to engage critically and creatively in contemporary media and popular cultures.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1) deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Media with Languages;

2) devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Media with Languages;

3) describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Media with Languages, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;

4) manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Media with Languages;

5) apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;

6) critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution -or identify a range of solutions -to a problem;

7) communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;

8) exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;

9) undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

Please check the latest Course Handbook for further information

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Subject Benchmark Statement: Languages, Cultures and Societies [2019]

Subject Benchmark Statement: Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies [2019]

The above latest subject benchmark statements are used in the design, delivery and review of the course and in facilitating the knowledge and skills normally expected of a typical course graduate.

Assessment strategy

The course combines both formative and summative assessment opportunities, embracing a variety of methods including: essays, exams, seminar performance, seminar presentations (both individual and group), portfolios, blogs, policy documents, and book reviews. The majority will be tutor assessed, but a number will be peer-reviewed in seminars.

The strategy is designed to maximise the development of subject specific skills and employability skills appropriate to each level of the degree. Formative assessment will support students in the development of their understanding of the subject and promote personal and academic development in preparation for summative assessments.

Feedback on both formative and summative assessments will be timely and rigorous, helping students to develop an understanding of areas of work that would benefit from further attention and development in order to improve understanding of the subject.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Students will complete a work-based learning module at either level 5 or level 6.

Course specific regulations

Part time (half time) students would normally proceed through the programme in the following order:

● Year one: SM4013 Media Histories; SJ4046 Moving Image and Sound Practice
● Year two: SM4001 Media Genres; OL0001 Language Module; OL0002 Language Module
● Year three: SM5011 Television Studies; SM5W52 Work Related Learning for media 1; OL0001 Language Module; OL0002 Language Module
● Year four: SM5077 Media and Communities; Option modules (90 credits)
● Year five: SM6003 Media, Culture and Identity; SM6W52 Work Related Learning for media 2; OL0001 Language Module; OL0002 Language Module
● Year six: SM6P05 Dissertation for Media and Communications; Option modules (90 credits)

Modules required for interim awards

All core modules are required to gain the BA (Hons) Media with Languages award.

Awards below this can be gained with any combination of modules on the programme to the requisite credit values; these can be made-up of core or option modules from the programme or suitable alternative option modules agreed by the course leader.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Every module on this course has embedded within it reflective learning components and personal development planning relevant to the year of study. It will be encouraged in lectures, seminars, and in assessment methods. Students will be directed to reflect on knowledge specific learning, personal and employability skills development. Students will be encouraged to engage positively with all feedback opportunities, be they with tutors or in peer-review situations, and to reflect and learn, resulting in the developing of further learning strategies.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Our students have the creative, analytical and communication skills to pursue employment in the field of Media and/or Post graduate study as evidenced by national statistics. Each year a number of our students immediately go on to Masters Level study in the UK and other European countries, including pan European Masters Programmes.

Career opportunities

Students on this degree typically enter careers in media-related roles in the corporate and third sectors, including media relations work, public relations work, marketing work and media management roles. Students often pursue further study opportunities at master’s level specialising in either media or marketing roles.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Media and Communications Extended degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2016/17 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 09 Aug 2016 Last validation date 09 Aug 2016  
JACS codes P300 (Media Studies): 100%
Route code MEDLAN

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
OL0001 Language Module (Arabic, French, Spanish or Eng... Core 15 NORTH AUT NA  
OL0002 Language Module (Arabic, French, Spanish or Eng... Core 15 NORTH SPR NA  
          NORTH AUT NA  
SJ4046 Moving Image and Sound Practice Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
SM4001 Media Genres Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SM4013 Media Histories Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
FC5W52 Work Related Learning for Media 1 Core 15        
OL0001 Language Module (Arabic, French, Spanish or Eng... Core 15 NORTH AUT NA  
OL0002 Language Module (Arabic, French, Spanish or Eng... Core 15 NORTH SPR NA  
          NORTH AUT NA  
SM5011 Television Studies Core 30        
SM5013 Media and Communities Core 30        
SM5051 Crime and the Media Option 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
SM5052 Youth Culture and the Media Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
SM5062 Digital Humanities Option 15        
SM5066 Documentary Photography and Photography Journalism Option 15        
SM5068 Researching Media Audiences Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE PM
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR NA  
          NORTH AUT NA  

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
OL0001 Language Module (Arabic, French, Spanish or Eng... Core 15 NORTH AUT NA  
OL0002 Language Module (Arabic, French, Spanish or Eng... Core 15 NORTH SPR NA  
          NORTH AUT NA  
SM6003 Media, Culture and Identity Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
SM6P05 Media and Communication Dissertation Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
SJ6060 Documentary Filmmaking Option 15 NORTH SPR MON AM
SM6052 Media, Power and Politics Option 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
SM6054 Analysing Popular Music Option 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
SM6064 Globalisation and the Media Option 15        
SM6070 Research in Visual Culture Option 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR NA  
          NORTH AUT NA