The aim of the qualification is to develop students’ applied competence in Journalism. Applied competence implies the acquisition, analysis, interpretation, and application of communication principles related to the context of Journalism within relevant sectors of the electronic and print media and the broadcasting industry. Furthermore, students will develop the ability to internalize, reflect on and communicate strategic decisions and applications effectively through the correct and suitable use of scientific language and technical terminology associated with Journalism. The qualification will facilitate effective learning through the exposure to and application of appropriate learning styles, thereby enabling them to navigate and holistically manage the dynamic context of Journalism.

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 Second Year Third Year Semester modules
Journalism 1A&1B Journalism 2A&2B Journalism 3A&3B 6
Applied Journalism 1A&1B Applied Journalism 2A&2B Applied Journalism 3A&3B 6
Third major 1A&1B Third major 2A&2B Third major 3A&3B 6
*Communication 1A&1B
Elective 1A & 1B if Communication is selected as a major
*Communication 2A&2B
Elective 2A&2B if Communication is selected as a major
**English 1C&1D
elective 1A&1B
10 semester modules 8 semester modules 6 semester modules 24

Majors: A language (Afrikaans and English), *Communication, Economics, Politics and Sociology.

Alternative Majors: A language (French, Greek, isiZulu, Latin, Modern Greek, and Sepedi), Linguistics, Theory of Film and Television Studies and Historical Studies. (These subjects are available to students to choose from, on condition that there are no timetable clashes.)

Electives: A language (Afrikaans and English), *Communication (two-year compulsory elective), Economics, Historical Studies, Politics, and Sociology.

Alternative electives: A language (French, isiZulu, and Sepedi), Linguistics, Theory of Film and Television and Philosophy. (These subjects are available to students to choose from, on condition that there are no timetable clashes.)
*Communication (CMS) is compulsory up to a second-year level for all students. If CMS is chosen as a major, an additional four modules from the list of elective minors must be included as a minor elective up to second-year level. If a major other than CMS is selected from the elective majors, CMS is a compulsory minor up to second-year level.

**Students who have achieved an A or B for English in matric may substitute English 1C &1D with another elective. Students who select English as a major should register for English 1A&1B and may substitute English 1C&1D with another elective. The student who passes English 1C&1D may be permitted to register for English 2A&2B at the discretion of the Head of Department of English.

Registration and Start Dates

Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.

All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.

End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 6, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
3 years
5,000 USD
Tuition estimate per year | Accommodation estimate: USD 2500 per year
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