Entry Points (2019)
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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 (2019)

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):
Optional CC1101: Mythology and the City in Ancient Greece - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CC230: Beginning Latin Part 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CC321: Latin Texts from Medieval Ireland and Britain - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CCS205: Ancient Greek for Beginners (Part One) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CCS315: Intermediate Latin 1 - 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
Optional CC1102: Empire and Literature in Ancient Rome - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CC232: Beginning Latin Part 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CCS206: Ancient Greek for Beginners (Part Two) - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CCS312: Advanced Classical and Medieval Latin 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CCS316: Intermediate Latin 2 - 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: Geography/Tíreolaíocht (20 Credits):
Required TI150: Principles of Human Geography - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required TI1100: Geography in Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required TI151: Principles of Physical Geography - 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 MES1100: Cultural Foundations (Media Studies) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AJ1100: History of Media - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required LIB1100: Library and Information Skills for Academic Success - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AJ1102: Introduction to Media and Communication Studies - 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 PI107: Introduction To The History Of Philosophy - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Optional Subject: Sociological & Political Studies (20 Credits):
Required SP1118: Practising Sociology and Politics 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SP158: Introduction to Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SP1119: Practising Sociology and Politics 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required SP159: Concepts and Practices of Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 2

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

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

Year 2 (60 Credits)


Optional Subject: Ancient Classics: Literature, Art, Thought (15 Credits):
This subject is available if you studied Classics in the previous year / semester.
Optional CC2102: Classical Mythology and Drama - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CC2103: Mediterranean Origins - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CC228: The History of the Roman Empire - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CCS204: Visualising Antiquity - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CC2105: Heroic Epic - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional CC2104: The City-State - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CCS201: Studies in the Ancient Imagination - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CCS207: Studies in Ancient Literature and Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Optional Subject: Cultural Transmission (15 Credits):
This subject is available if you studied Cultural Transmission in the previous year / semester.
Required AR1102: Recording Monuments in the Landscape - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required CCS306: Iconography - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required AR2100: Making Sense of Art: Style, Symbol and Story - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Required Core Subject: English (30 Credits):
Optional EN448.I: Stories Told and Re-Told - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN410.I: Jane Austen - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN434.I: Studies in 20th Century Fiction - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN2112: Creative Writing - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN2113: Creative Writing - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN2116: Shakespearean Comedies - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN2117: Shakespearean Comedies - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN2114: Renaissance Drama - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN2148: Service Learning - Literacy Lift Off! Reading with Children (S1) - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN298.I: Spenser: The Faerie Queene - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN2152: Monsters, Mischief, and Marvels: Reading Old English (S1) - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional ENG230.I: 19th Century Detective Fiction - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional ENG244.I: Textual Histories - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional ENG213.I: Film Studies - Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN3113: Modernist Fiction - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN2142: Worlds in Revolt: Romanticisms - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN3138: Literature in the Digital Age - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN3141: North American Literature - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN3101: Allusion, Adaptation and Appropriation - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN3133: The Brontës (S1) - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EN434.II: Studies in 20th Century Fiction - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN448.II: Stories Told and Re-Told - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN2102: Renaissance Drama - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN2153: Monsters, Mischief, and Marvels: Reading Old English (S2) - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN2100: Creative Writing - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN2149: Service Learning - Literacy Lift Off! Reading with Children (S2) - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN2106: Shakespearean Comedies - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN2107: Shakespearean Comedies - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN3114: Modernist Fiction - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN298.II: Spenser: The Faerie Queene - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ENG213.II: Film Studies - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ENG230.II: 19th Century Detective Fiction - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN264: Studies In Medieval Literature - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN2133: Media, Culture, Society - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ENG244.II: Textual Histories - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ENG243.II: Special Topic - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN3102: Allusion, Adaptation and Appropriation - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN3134: The Brontës (S2) - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN2122: Media Industries B - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN2111: Nineteenth-Century Gothic Fiction - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN2101: Creative Writing - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EN2120: Media Studies - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Optional Subject: German Language Studies (15 Credits):
This subject is available if you studied German (Beginners) in the previous year / semester.
This subject is available if you studied German (Advanced) in the previous year / semester.
Optional GR238: German Studies I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required GR236: German Language I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional GR240: German Studies II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required GR237: German Language II - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Optional Subject: Human Geography (15 Credits):
This subject is available if you studied Geography/Tíreolaíocht in the previous year / semester.
Optional TI254: Space, Place and the Irish Landscape - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional TI236: Environmental Planning: Principles & Processes - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional TI258: Rural Environments: Sustainability & Management - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional TI230: Economic Geography - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Optional Subject: Italian Language Studies (15 Credits):
This subject is available if you studied Italian in the previous year / semester.
Required IT2101: Oral (Communication and Presentation Skills) - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required IT235: Intermediate Language I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required IT236: Intermediate language II - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Optional Subject: Léann na Gaeilge (15 Credits):
This subject is available if you studied Gaeilge in the previous year / semester.
Optional NG2101: An Gearrscéal sa Ghaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required NG227: Teanga Na Nua-Ghaeilge I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional NG2109: Téamaí i Nuafhilíocht na Gaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required NG228: Teanga Na Nua-Ghaeilge II - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Required Core Subject: Media Studies (15 Credits):
Required AJ2102: Power without Responsibility - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MES2101: Reflective Practice in Media Studies - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EN2133: Media, Culture, Society - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Optional Subject: Philosophy (15 Credits):
This subject is available if you studied Philosophy in the previous year / semester.
Required PI216: History Of Modern Philosophy - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required PI2101: Information Ethics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required PI255: Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Optional Subject: Physical Geography (15 Credits):
This subject is available if you studied Geography/Tíreolaíocht in the previous year / semester.
Optional TI216: Aimsir Agus Aeraid/ Weather And Climate - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional TI236: Environmental Planning: Principles & Processes - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional TI255: Earth Surface Landforms and Processes - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional TI235: Biogeography - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional TI2104: Marine Spatial Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Optional Subject: Political Science and Sociology (15 Credits):
This subject is available if you studied Sociological & Political Studies in the previous year / semester.
Optional SP216: European Politics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SP226: Comparative Themes In Society And Politics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SP234: International Relations - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SP235: Social Issues and Policy Responses - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SP220: Methods For Social And Political Science - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional SP215.II: Modern Political Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional SP212: Classical Social Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Optional Subject: Spanish Language Studies (15 Credits):
This subject is available if you studied Spanish (Advanced) in the previous year / semester.
This subject is available if you studied Spanish (Beginners) in the previous year / semester.
This subject is available if you studied Spanish (Intermediate) in the previous year / semester.
Optional SH2101: Spanish Language II A: Ex-Intermediate - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SH2100: Spanish Language II B: Ex-Beginner - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required SH2102: Spoken Spanish and Oral Presentation Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required SH2103: Spanish Language II C - 5 Credits - Semester 4

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

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,300 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€3,076 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€16,650 p.a. 2020/21

EU Fees 2019/20:
- 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.

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