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Senior Lecturer in Media & Communication Studies
Faculty of Social Studies & Humanities
University of Mauritius
The UoM-Communication Studies website is primarily targeted to students enrolled in the Dip/BSc(Hons) Communication Studies programme of the University of Mauritius.
This 4-year part-time degree course, which offers two specialisations (one in Journalism, the other in Business Communication) aims at broadening and deepening knowledge and appreciation of the economic, social and cultural importance of communication. It also provides practical knowledge and some hands-on experience in media or media-related industries, both from local and international perspectives.
Students may complete only the first two years of the programme in order to earn the diploma.They may also choose to take more years to complete the degree programme up to a maximum of seven years. This is especially useful for people who work and need more time to complete a university degree.
In the first year, all students follow the same modules and are exposed to the basics in media and communication, written and oral communication skills, IT, PR, Journalism and ethics in the media and communication context.
As from the second year, all students follow a number of common modules devoted to theoretical and critical approaches, DTP, organisational communication, development communication. Students specialising in Business Communication study integrated communication strategies and marketing communication whereas those in the Journalism stream study newswriting, broadcast and digital journalism. Additionally, all students follow an elective of their choice (such as graphic design or audiovisual production, etc.) and they have to complete a 4-week placement.
In the third year, students are prepared to embark on research assignments in view of their final year dissertation including an initiation to both quantitative and qualitative techniques. They study the history of media in Mauritius and intercultural aspects of communication. Students specialising in Business Communication study branding and advertising and the legal aspects of the trade whereas those in the Journalism stream study to acquire advanced skill sin reporting and are also exposed to media law. All students have to choose one elective on either film studies or contemporary issues.
A 6-week placement is completed between Year 3 and Year 4. Those who are alre4ady employed in the field of specialisation (Business Communication or Journalism) can choose to do a work report instead of the 6-week placement though they have to follow an additional elective to compensate.
In their fourth and final year, all students follow two core modules: one devoted to new media, the other to political communication. And, they have to complete a dissertation on a topic related to the field under the supervision of an academic. They may choose to do a mini-project and an additional elective instead of the dissertation.
Check the full course structure on the UOM website at: