The content of this course will be tailored according to the student’s level/age, their requirements and the duration of the programme (i.e., 1 or 2 weeks), with the aim to introduce several key aspects of media and journalism. The course lecture topics will cover theoretical aspects of journalism in the modern world, journalism for print media, TV, digital media, online news, documentaries, interviewing and reporting on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook. The course will take a more hands-on approach, in which the students will be given individual and group tasks, and will develop a portfolio of their course activities; for example, they will learn about: producing and writing articles; critically analysing print and TV media reports; producing a magazine; event reporting for TV news and documentaries; and writing for social media. Such a practical approach will give students the ability to critically analyse and respond to a wide variety of media, as well as enhancing their writing and presentation skills, and self-confidence – critical aspects of journalism.
How will this course be taught?
The course will be taught by one or more tutors, and will consist of approximately 20 hours of teaching per week. This will include discussions, presentations and workshops, lectures, and one or more keynote plenaries to be given by Oxford academics. The students will also be encouraged to actively participate in class tutorial discussions. We are confident that such interactive learning will enhance the students’ language and communication skills, develop critical thinking and build confidence.
Are excursions and activities included?
Yes! Although the key focus of our programmes is academic development, it will not just be work and study! We want our students to take back many happy memories. All our students will enjoy visits to places in and outside Oxford, and join various social and extra-curricular activities alongside a diverse range of cultural experiences.
This course is suitable for anyone looking to:
- get general exposure to the subjects covered
- develop effective presentation and leadership skills
- enhance communication skills and deliver persuasive arguments
- The medium of teaching will be English. Therefore, in order to take full advantage of the course, we expect students to have English proficiency equivalent to at least IELTS level 6 (competent user), or above (IELTS test certificate/score is not required). Students are also expected to have a keen interest in current national and international affairs (e.g., politics, environment, nature, health, population, etc.), and to be enthusiastic about and articulate in writing and communicating. It would be helpful if the students were familiar with reporting customs in English-speaking countries.
- If the language proficiency of students is below IELTS level 6, we would be happy to design a programme in English language using media and journalism as the key topic of the course. Such a course would support students in developing English language skills, as well as giving them essential background in media and journalism.
- We are happy to offer you access to our University Application Service at discounted rates if you book this course with us. Please inquire at the time of your enrolment.