The Department of Mass Communication and Journalism offers an innovative, full-immersion Master’s programme that has placed the Department in the forefront of higher education in communication and journalism in the country.
The one-year programme is unique in scope, focus and intensity. It begins with immersion in communication theories and applications, media research and journalism skills, values and principles. Students learn how to navigate a significantly different media environment in contemporary times through classes and seminars focused on the future of media communication.
The Communication part of the programme is designed for students seeking higher-level and focused understanding of communication processes and phenomena to pursue communication-related careers in business, government, education and research, the communication industry. It focuses on a wide range of issues, such as, public relations, advertising, media policy, media criticism, advocacy, health, poverty and so on. It includes social level analysis of mainstream and alternative media as products of and influences on society; individual level analysis of psychological and physiological processes through which knowledge, attitudes and behaviours are shaped; and the creation of messages as well as how strategic messages campaigns can influence decision making and social development.
The journalism part puts emphasis on shaping and redefining the evolving field of journalism. Critical thinking, excellent writing and visual communicating are its principal features. It focuses on a variety of issues, such as, environment, development, cyberspace, arts and entertainment, journalism cultures, critical analyses of current issues and so on. Students become experts in gathering, organizing and presenting news in written or visual formats. They become competent journalists who are aware of the critical history of journalism and ethical norms and can successfully navigate their writing and visual skills across all platforms of media and also engage in education and research.
The programme is of 32 credit hours and divided into 2 semesters. It includes teaching of 8 course units. Of the eight courses four are core and three optional. There are two clusters of optional courses, one of communication and the other of journalism. Students will choose three courses from either of the clusters. There is an obligatory comprehensive course, divided into two parts – written and oral. Students opting for thesis will choose one optional course from either cluster. The core courses are offered in the first semester and the optional courses in the second semester.