The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Politics and Media and Communication Studies

Why choose this course?

This course gives students the opportunity to study and evaluate the major theoretical approaches to Politics and Media and Communications and apply these to case-studies and to explore them through independent study or professional practice links in year 3. Communication is essential to any political activity and this dates at least from the importance of oration in classical Greece; however with the rise of `spin’, the globalisation of the media and the emergence of new forms the contemporary connections between these two disciplines are more significant than ever.

What happens on the course?

In year 1 students will focus on the different methodological approaches employed in the study of Politics, their application to the study of British and international politics and the impact of different forms of media upon contemporary society and Politics. Issues of power and control, and the role of the media in a modern demcoracy are also considered.

In year 2 students will develop their knowledge of the dominant ideological traditions in Politics and the arguments concerning the globalisation of politics and communication. Research methods in the study of media and the analysis of media texts are among the options available.

In year 3 the normative questions of justice, freedom and citizenship are explored through the work of leading political theorists and the increasingly important and complex interactions between politics and communication are explored through modules concerning propaganda, political communication and the rise of powerful global media corporations.

Semester 1 level 4

Semester 2 level 4

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

C

4PO003

Introduction to British Politics

20

C

4PO002

Introduction to International Relations

20

C

4MZ001

Media Culture & Society

20

C

4MZ010

Media Politics Power

20

O

4GK006

Success in Higher Education

20

O

4GK010

Contemporary Capitalism

20

O

4HU002

Popular Culture

20

O

4WL002

Basic Language

20

O

4GK004

Volunteering in the Community

20

O

4WL002

Basic Language

20

O

4WL003

Elementary Language

20

O

4WL003

Elementary Language

20

O

4GK006

Success in Higher Education

20

Semester 1 level 5

Semester 2 level 5

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

C

5PO003

Political Ideologies

20

C

5PO004

World Politics

20

C

5MZ002

Issues in Communication Studies

20

C

5MZ014

Analysing Media Texts

20

O

5GK015

Contemporary Britain

20

O

5HU001

The Enlightenment

20

O

5GK005

Volunteering in Action

20

O

5WL001

Basic Language

20

O

5PO005

Europe United? Politics, Societies and Cultures

20

O

5WL002

Elementary Language

20

O

5MZ006

Research Methods

20

5WL001

Basic Language

20

5WL002

Elementary Language

20

Semester 1 level 6

Semester 2 level 6

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

C

6MZ007

New Media

20

C

6PO003

Political Theory

20

C

6MZ005

Persuasion and Influence

20

C/O

6PO004

6MZ002

6MZ006

Politics Project

OR

Independent Study in Media (Written)

OR

Work Placement

NB only one Independent Study to be taken

20

C/O

6PO004

6MZ002

6MZ006

Politics Project

OR

Independent Study in Media (Written)

OR

Work Placement

NB only one Independent Study to be taken

20

O

6PO001

6PO002

Between Democracy and Terrorism Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland

Politics of Middle East

6P0001 and 6PO002 rotates – 6PO002 runs in 2014

20

O

6PO006

6WL003

US Foreign Policy

Intermediate/Advanced Language

20

O

6PO005

Security and Integration in the New Europe

20

O

6MZ012

Global Media, Global Culture

20

O

6WL003

Intermediate/Advanced Language

20

Why Wolverhampton?

The staff in the Politics and Media and Communication Studies teams are active researchers whose research underpins the modules which they teach. Students will be kept up-to-date in the most recent developments in the disciplines.

The School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications, in which these subjects are based, has a strong tradition of student support and guidance, including the opportunity of `one-to-one’ study skills tuition and accessible academic counselling.

What our students think

These are extracts from statements from two recent graduates in Politics and Media and Communication Studies

`The contribution of Wolverhampton University’s lecturers to my personal development is undeniable and cannot be quantified. The support of the academic staff at Wolverhampton, in terms of both time and effort, was fantastic.’

`My time at Wolverhampton University as a student was a most constructive and enjoyable one both from an academic point of view, but also from a social and cultural perspective. Academically the modules offered me a first-class education delivered by very competent and dedicated lecturers.’

Career path

Students in these subject areas often go on to postgraduate study in cognate areas and common areas of employment are local government, business administration, media and media-production related positions.

What skills will you gain?

On successful completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Employ appropriate research methodologies within the fields of Politics and Media and Communication Studies
  • Analyse Media and Communication texts and Politics texts within appropriate theoretical frameworks
  • Appreciate the development of media, communication and cultural forms in a local, regional, national, international or global context
  • Understand the debate concerning the relationship between media and politics in terms of democracy, citizenship
  • Use their understanding of these disciplines to reflect upon their roles and responsibilities as citizens

Demonstrate a high level of digital competence

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Contact us

Telephone

01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

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