Entry Points (2018)
408

Course Overview

With platform convergence, and a dissolving of the walls between information and entertainment media, Media Studies is an increasingly popular programme internationally as well as domestically. The Discipline of English has a tradition of giving critical attention to cultural creation in broad, inclusive contexts. This programme builds on that experience, and on ongoing student demand, to provide a programme, grounded in the humanities, that prepares students for engagement with our multi-platform media environment.

The primary focus of the programme is the theoretical study of media in critical and historical perspective. A core aim of this programme is to equip students with transferable communications and critical thinking skills that will equip them for future success in the labour market.

Students will have opportunities to explore both Media Studies and traditional English literature offerings. Based on current Teaching Council requirements, students in this denominated BA programme would meet the requirements to teach English at post-primary level.

Students will also develop research skills that afford them an appropriate grounding for further educational opportunities nationally or internationally. Several MA programmes provide pathways for graduates of this Denominated BA to proceed into further education at postgraduate levels at NUI Galway.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Normal university entry requirements apply.

Additional Requirements

Duration

4 years

Next start date

Sept 2019

A Level Grades (2018)

nuigalway.ie/alevels

Average intake

15

Closing Date

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY126

Course code

Course Outline

YEAR ONE
• Introduction to Fiction
• Introduction to Poetry
• Introduction to Drama and Theatre
• Critical Perspectives on Literature
• Literature in the Social World
• Cultural Foundations (Media Studies)
• Media Ethics
• Digital Literacies: Theory and Practice

YEAR TWO
• Courses are a combination of lectures and seminars
• Medieval Literature
• Media, Culture, and Society
• 18th Century Studies
• Worlds in Revolt: Romanticisms
• 19th Century British Literature
• Modern Irish Literature
• Representation, Identity, Media

YEAR THREE
Practical focus, and a choice of modules, including on-campus project work, work observation/ placement and/or study abroad.

YEAR FOUR
• The History of the Book
• The Revolution will not be Televised
• Genre Studies
• Modernism/Postmodernism
• Contemporary Literature
• Masculinity and Crisis

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (60 Credits)


Optional Subject: Classics (20 Credits):
Required CC108: Myth & Religion in the Ancient City - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CC1100: Classics in 20 Objects - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CC114: Written Words & Spoken Languages in the Ancient World - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CC109: Rome & the Genesis of Europe - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Cultural Transmission (20 Credits):
Required AR2101: Early Kingship: From Chaos to Cosmos - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SG111: Early & Medieval History of the Celts - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AR1104: Material Culture and Museums - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AR334: Ancient Civilisations: The Rise of Complex Societies - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Required Core Subject: English (20 Credits):
Required EN1101: Literature and the Social World - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EN124: Introduction to English 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ENSK1100: Exploring English - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EN125: Introduction to English 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Gaeilge (20 Credits):
Required NG1105: An Teanga Bheo - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required NG1107: Scéal agus Pobal na Gaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required NG1106: Litríocht agus Cultúr na Linne - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: German (Advanced) (20 Credits):
Required GR1100: German Language and Culture (Advanced) - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required GR1102: Skills for studying German (Advanced) - 5 Credits - Semester 1

Optional Subject: German (Beginners) (20 Credits):
Required GR1101: German Language and Culture (Beginners) - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required GR1103: Skills for studying German (Beginners) - 5 Credits - Semester 1

Optional Subject: Italian (20 Credits):
Required IT1100: Italian Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required IT1101: Italy at the movies - 5 Credits - Semester 1

Required Core Subject: Media Studies (20 Credits):
Required LIB1100: Library and Information Skills for Academic Success - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MES1100: Cultural Foundations (Media Studies) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MES1101: Media Ethics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MES1102: Digital Literacies: Theory and Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Philosophy (20 Credits):
Required PISK1100: Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PI108: Introduction To Practical Ethics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PI120: Philosophical Questions & Issues - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PI1100: Philosophical Perspectives: A History of Western and Eastern Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Spanish (Advanced) (20 Credits):
Required SH1101: Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required SH1102: Mundo hispano: An Introduction to the Hispanic World - 5 Credits - Semester 1

Optional Subject: Spanish (Beginners) (20 Credits):
Required SH1100: Intensive Beginners Spanish Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required SH1102: Mundo hispano: An Introduction to the Hispanic World - 5 Credits - Semester 1

Year 2 (60 Credits)

Year 3 (60 Credits)

Year 4 (60 Credits)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The valuable oral and written communication skills, advanced research skills, and critical thinking skills that the BA in English and Media Studies develops are highly transferrable and sought after by employers in sectors including the education, culture, media, and knowledge industries. Graduates might progress to an exciting variety of careers in teaching, writing, editing, research, publishing, broadcasting, public relations, human resources, sales, or marketing. Alternatively, they would be well-poised to pursue further academic study in English or cognate disciplines at postgraduate level. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

The third year of the programme is dedicated to study abroad, work placement, and other opportunities to apply and develop skills outside the traditional classroom setting.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,300 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€3,076 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€13,850 p.a. 2018/19
EU Fees 2018/19:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

Dr Elizabeth Tilley

E: elizabeth.tilley@nuigalway.ie