University of Nottingham Malaysia

International Communication Studies with English Language and Literature BA (Hons)

     
  

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Qualification: BA (Hons)
Fees: Malaysian – RM36,000 per year, Non-Malaysian – RM42,000 per year
Mode: Full-time, 3 years
Intake: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

You will study a range of core compulsory modules in all years to give you a thorough grounding in international media and communications. You will also take additional compulsory or optional modules from within the school orfaculty, with English language and literature students and film and television studies students having compulsory modules relevant to their specific areas of study. 

A unique aspect of our degree programmes is the compulsory language component, where you will learn a new modern language – either French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish. You will graduate with a high level of spoken and written fluency in your chosen language,improving not only your grasp of another language and culture, but also dramatically enhancing your employability in the globally competitive job market. 

You may also apply for a range of summer internships within the Malaysian and international media and communication industry throughout your degree. This internship programme is facilitated by our staff’s range of industry connections as well as staff in our schools in the UK and China. You will also have the chance to apply for mobility exchanges to the UK or China Campuses in your second and third years of study.

Entry requirements

Our Foundation course route

Our Foundation courses give you another way to study for an undergraduate degree. 


Entry requirements
A Level BBC, excluding critical thinking and general studies
IB Diploma  28 points with 5,5,4 at Higher Level
STPM  B+B+B, excluding Pengajian Am
UEC  1 As and 4 B3s, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language
SAM or other Australian matriculations  ATAR 82 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)
Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

80% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University's requirements

Advance Placement (AP) 4,4,3 in relevant subjects. Applicants taking non-preferred subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.
Diploma - Other Institutions  Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.3 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme
Foundation - Other Institutions Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 65% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme
University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation 

Successful completion of the Foundation in Arts and Education or Business and Management programme.


English language requirements
IELTS (Academic):  6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT):  87 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements)

GCE A Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C 

GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature:

 
grade C  
PTE (Academic): 62 (with no less than 55 in each element)
SPM:  grade A-
1119 (GCE-O Level): grade B
GCSE O Level:   grade C

IGCSE (first language):

grade C 

IGCSE (second language): 

grade B 
UEC:  grade A2
MUET: Band 4
IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher): 4 points 
IB English B (Higher Level): 4 points 
IB English B (Standard Level):  5 points 

IELTS ,TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.


Foundation

The Foundation in Arts and Education is a 1+3 year programme that results in direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This rigorous programme provides students with a strong academic background that will result in enhanced language, communication, critical thinking and study skills.

Students on this programme also chose from a range of elective modules that provide the opportunity to sample topics related to their chosen undergraduate pathway such as politics, the world economy, media and education.

Modules

Year one

Typical core modules  

Beginners French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish (full year) 

Students will learn and practise the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing together with basic grammatical structures. This will enable them to manipulate the language and participate effectively in everyday social situations. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Pronunciation.
  • Standard spelling.
  • Ab initio syntax.
  • Ab initio sentence semantics.
  • Gist comprehension and more detailed reconstruction of audio material.
  • Basic oral skills. 
  • Intellectual skills. 
Culture and Society
  • To familiarise students with the discipline of cultural studies and question the taken-grantedness of the ‘everyday’ in society.
  • To enable students to undertake basic cultural analysis.
  • To develop a critical understanding of key areas of culture and society.
  • To appreciate the relation between particular cultural phenomena and the representations of everyday life, and their broader context.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of culture and epistemological problems associated with archiving and representing the everyday. 
  • Key areas of contemporary culture.
Introduction to Linguistics
This introductory module allows students to gain a broad and basic understanding of linguistics as an academic discipline. It is designed to equip students for further studies in the field of linguistics as a whole, and to develop individual specialisms in the future. Ideally, students should be well prepared to become more specialised in any of the areas covered, and take initial interests further. At the end of this module, students should be able to define the discipline, and the main pre-occupations of its sub-fields. Students will be expected to have developed an understanding of linguistic contrasts, from the phonological to the pragmatic level, and of the types of analyses open to students of those fields. This module introduces students to the core areas of linguistics, discourse, language acquisition, and pragmatics, focusing on several broad areas pertaining to linguistics and its methodological issues in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.  
Media and Communications Theory
  • To familiarise students with the interdisciplinary field of communications theory, including communication technologies.
  • To encourage students to discriminate between particular theoretical positions.
  • To enable students to analyse a range of communicative texts, acts and contexts and the impact of technology upon communications practice.
  • To enable students to reflect upon their own technologised communications practices. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • A broad knowledge of the terrain of communications theory as well as an understanding of the historical evolution and contemporary forms of information and communications technologies.
  • The theoretical equipment to deal with a wide range of communications situations.
  • A glossary of key terms, concepts and models relevant to the field of communications studies.
Studying Literature
This module introduces students to some of the core skills for literary studies, including skills in reading, writing, researching and presentation. The module addresses topics including close reading, constructing an argument, and handling critical material, as well as introducing students to key critical questions about literary genres, production and reception. These elements are linked to readings of specific literary texts, focused on poetry and prose selected from the 20th and 21st century literature. 

Typical optional module  

Global Music Studies

The module aims to introduce students to: 

  • A wide range of contexts and styles of music from around the world.
  • Facilitate the development of critical skills for the analysis of diverse musical practices.
  • Give students an introductory grounding in the terms, concepts, and principal debates in the fields of ethnomusicology and popular music studies.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Awareness of cultural differences and of ethnomusicological approaches to the study of other cultures.
  • Development of critical perspectives on the meanings of musics in different cultures.
  • Introduction to a diverse range of music cultures.
  • Ability to situate one’s own musical experience(s) in global contexts.
  • Awareness of debates surrounding the term ‘World Music’. 
  • Development of a critical understanding of the key issues in Anglophone and Asian popular musics.

Year two

Typical core modules  

Intermediate French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish (full year)

The overall aim of the module is to develop further competence in the language by improving the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing. Students will continue to develop their awareness of autonomy in language learning under the guidance of their language tutor. Teaching is communicative with regular opportunities for pair- and group- work. Emphasis is placed on oral and aural skills, making full use of multi-modal resources available. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • The language structure at post- beginner level.
  • More complex grammatical structures through the study of a broader range of topic areas across the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Political Communication, Public Relations and Propoganda
  • To familiarise students with the history of political communication and public relations.
  • To enable students to spot ‘spin’ and propaganda.
  • To enable students to understand the links between public relations, politics and the exercise of power in liberal democracies.

Learning outcomes: 

  • An understanding of the historical evolution and contemporary forms of public relations and news management techniques.
  • A knowledge of the theoretical debates around the ideological effects of public relations and propaganda campaigns.
  • An appreciation of the overt and covert information strategies employed by politicians.
Reading Chinese and Japanese Literature 1
  • To provide an introduction to modern Chinese and Japanese literary works.
  • To increase understanding of Chinese and Japanese literature and cultural background, society and people in which the chosen authors worked.
  • To develop the skills to identify and examine key themes or issues of the period in relation to the literary works studied.
  • To develop the skills to effectively compare Chinese and Japanese literary works.
  • To develop further the skills of the target language.
  • To develop further the skills needed for close reading and textual analysis.
  • To develop further the skills needed for research and presentation. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Knowledge and awareness of the cultural, historical and political contexts appropriate to Chinese and Japanese culture.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the key features of literary works produced by the selected authors.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the authors and their work in relation to their literary and cultural context.
  • Knowledge on the comparison of Chinese and Japanese literary works.   
Researching Culture, Film And Media (full year)
  • To familiarise students with the wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge production.
  • To encourage students to make informed decisions regarding the appropriateness of particular methodological approaches to concrete communications contexts.
  • To enable students to identify, plan, and carry out a communications research topic of their own choosing.

Learning outcomes: 

  • An understanding of the varied and interdisciplinary methods used in cultural research.
  • An appreciation of the distinction between qualitative and quantitative methods and the uncertainties and limits of particular methodologies and theoretical approaches.
  • An awareness of the implications of technological, discursive and generic mediation upon communication processes.
  • An appreciation of the importance of audiences and contexts to the understanding of communications processes.
  • An understanding of the pragmatics of research processes.

Plus one literature and one linguistics module from the School of English

Typical optional modules  

Community Interpreting
  • To help students acquire language interpreting skills appropriate to the context of community interpreting.
  • To review and identify examples of good interpreting practice, and to encourage students to demonstrate extended competence in both languages.
  • To encourage students to reach their own decisions about dilemmas and challenges encountered while interpreting a foreign language.
  • To explore the main linguistic and cultural issues associated with the profession of liaison interpreter.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of linguistic, textual and cultural issues relating to interpreting.
  • Use different techniques to resolve interpreting difficulties.
  • Have developed a reasonable range of specialised vocabulary used in the process of interpreting.
  • Have developed a wide comprehension of sophisticated written and spoken language.
Culture Politics
  • To familiarise students with the ethical and political dimensions of cultural and critical theory.
  • To encourage students to make politicised decisions regarding the appropriateness of particular theoretical approaches to concrete situations.
  • To enable students to analyse the complex cultural politics of their own everyday lives.   

Learning outcomes: 

  • A broad knowledge of the terrain of cultural politics.
  • Theoretical techniques for the analysis of cultural forms and practices with an awareness of their political impact.
  • Knowledge of the forms taken by power relationships within culture.
  • Aan appreciation of the processes by which power/ideology enters our lives and affects everyday experience. 
Introduction to Translation
  • To help students acquire translation skills appropriate to a variety of types of general texts, and to develop awareness of the main socio-linguistic and cultural issues associated with the job.
  • To review and identify examples of good translation practice, and to encourage students to demonstrate extended competence in both languages.
  • To encourage students to reach their own decisions about the most convenient translations methods and choice of words. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of linguistic, textual and cultural issues relating to translation.
  • Use different techniques to resolve translation difficulties.
  • Critically analyse the source text.have developed a reasonable range of specialised vocabulary used in the process of translation.
  • Demonstrate some knowledge of the variety of translation approaches appropriate to a range of texts.
  • Have developed a wide comprehension of sophisticated written and spoken language.

Year three

Typical core modules  

Advanced French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish (full year)
The overall aim of the module is to consolidate and extend students’ competence to an intermediate level in the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing. Special emphasis will be placed on developing more sophisticated oral and written skills. Students will continue to develop their awareness of autonomy in language learning under the guidance of their language tutor. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • The language structure at intermediate level.
  • More complex grammatical structures through the study of a broader range of topic areas across the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. 
Cultural, Film and Media Dissertation (full year)
  • To give students the opportunity to develop a critical argument within a sustained piece of writing, extending research competence through the gathering, organising and processing of primary and secondary materials.
  • To teach skills of planning, developing and presenting project-based work, paying attention to issues of research methodology and to the critical apparatus that supports scholarly work. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Close understanding both of the chosen subject and of its related field of study.
  • Familiarity with an appropriate range of secondary literature.
Digital Communication and Media
  • To provide a sound breadth and depth of knowledge of a broad range of contemporary digital communication and media.
  • To cultivate critical engagement with the different factors that have shaped and continue to shape the development of digital communication and associated media cultures.
  • To develop analytical and conceptual skills in both oral and written engagement with digital communication and media contexts from cultural, political, economic, technical and regulatory perspectives.
  • To advance students' familiarity with key debates and discourses in the field of digital communication and related media cultures.
  • To convey the skills required to carry out analysis of digital texts in their social, cultural, political and technological contexts at an advanced level.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and robust critical understanding of the numerous contexts within which digital communication and media are applied.
  • Knowledge and critical understanding of the historical contexts of digital communication and media, how these have evolved, and continue to evolve.
  • Ability to assess the wider impact of the constantly evolving digital communication and media contexts including the emergence of new modes of interactive forms and practices.
  • Show a good awareness of key scholarship and other significant discourses and how they inform the study of digital communication and media and their relationship to various social, economic and cultural practices.
Gender, Sexuality and Media 
  • The purpose of the module is to familiarise students with key concepts, theories and debates in feminist media studies and queer media studies.
  • To encourage students to discriminate between particular theoretical and political positions in feminism and queer theory. 
  • To enable students to analyse a range of media and cultural texts, contexts and practices through the perspectives of feminism and queer theory. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Knowledge of concepts.
  • Theories and debates on gender and sexuality.
  • Understanding of the ways in which media and popular culture are shaped by, and at the same time shape gender and sexual norms, practices and identities.
  • Understanding of the political potential of the media engagement with issues of gender and sexuality.
  • Students will be able to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate representations of gender and sexuality in media and popular culture; and draw on the industrial context of media and reflect on its impacts. 
Media and Conflict
                
Modern British Fiction since 1950
British’ is here conceived as an inclusive concept, open to contestation and available for appropriation (as in ‘Black British’). Key texts from the 1950s up to the present day will be selected for study. Particular issues will set the agenda, including: representations of history, gender, ethnicity, the state-of-the-nation, national identity, formal innovation etc. Discussion will concentrate on the formal operations and innovations of selected novelists, and will be underpinned by a consideration of how the contemporary context influences these questions of form. 
Patterns, Functions and Descriptions of English
This module examines approaches to the description of patterns and structures of the English language. It introduces grammatical models with a focus on the relationship between patterns and meanings in context. The module will explore differences between grammatical descriptions of spoken and written language, it will investigate the interplay of lexis and grammar, and it will ask what kind of generalisations about the English language can usefully form the basis for reference grammars. The module gives particular emphasis to approaches that are informed by evidence of language use and it will explore the applicability of these approaches to examples of language in context, particularly in terms of varieties of World English in the local context.
Writing for the Media

This module aims to: 

  • develop skills to write for the media.
  • Equip students with the necessary knowledge of writing with clarity and coherence and with responsibility.
  • Developing students’ skills and methods in researching and gathering information. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • The module will be taught through a combination of interactive lectures and workshops. By the end of the module, students will be able to put together a news report, researching and writing a feature article. You will explore the differences and similarities between writing for a newspaper and writing for a radio or TV news program. This module will help you understand the legal and ethical framework in which journalists must operate.

Careers

An international communications degree is your passport to a variety of rewarding professions. Likely career fields include: the audio-visual, digital 
and print media industries; marketing; production; public relations; and research.

Career paths in these fields include advertising account executives, copywriters and creative roles, news editors, journalists and reporters. 
Other career options include:arts or heritage administration and management; the civilservice, diplomatic or embassy work and government service; non-governmental organisations, politics and think-tanks; and consultancy, human resources, management and recruitment within the international business environment. 

Graduates with a passion for language can pursue interpreting, publishing and translation roles and others may continue their studies and pursue research and/or teaching.

Contact

School of Media, Languages and Cultures
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8693  
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