IJ Course List

GCLA1903 English I

大学英文 I

The course involves instruction of English as both an academic subject and a foreign/second language. The course focuses on fundamental language skills that are related to reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It is also designed to enable students to study their major courses more effectively by focusing on the basic language and thinking skills of academic reading and writing.

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GCLA1913 English II

大学英文 II

Course objectives are aimed at further developing and improving the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening to a level appropriate for university study. This course builds on the skills taught in English I by taking the sentence writing skills from that course and developing them into academic style paragraphs using different patterns of organisation. The course will broaden student awareness of reading for academic purpose by instructing how to interpret different textual styles.

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GCLA1923 English III

大学英文 III

The course involves a careful instruction of English as both an academic subject and a second language. Students will be able to respond to and convey ideas in areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Speaking will focus on articulation and target language. Patterns of organization will be stressed in speaking and writing. Specific grammar and vocabulary will be addressed within essays. Reading and listening material will be accessed primarily from electronic resources and the library in order to facilitate comprehension of academic sources.

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GCLA1933 English IV

大学英文 IV

This course prepares students for communicating in an academic environment. Major topics of this course include research activities which will enable students to find appropriate academic sources about the topics being studied and use references to support their writing. Public speaking skills will be introduced to enhance their spoken language. Reading and listening material will be accessed primarily from electronic resources and the library in order to further academic research skills and avoid plagiarism.

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JOUR2043 Entertainment Journalism


This course aims to equip students with the skills necessary to create a wide variety of media content relating to the entertainment and arts industry in the convergent media era. This includes skills in gathering information and content, getting and breaking stories, methods of interacting with entertainment media companies, conducting interviews with those in the entertainment and arts industry, writing media reviews and feature articles, and using social media. This also includes basic photography, presentation, and design skills, as well as advice on how to succeed professionally in the entertainment and arts journalism industry

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JOUR4003 Final Year Project (IJ)


In this course students integrate theory and practice by either producing a substantial piece of individually produced International Journalism; or an academic dissertation. In either case the Final Year Project is a means of engaging the student in a piece of independent research that provides an analytical and critical evaluation of an idea. The course tests research and professional skills as well as the ability to apply theoretical insights.

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JOUR2053 Foundations of News and Feature Reporting I

新闻报道基础 I

This course introduces the techniques of basic news and feature writing and develops International Journalism students' abilities to work within an appropriate framework and to recognise and to communicate what is significant in the world.

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JOUR2063 Foundations of News and Feature Reporting II

新闻报道基础 II

Topics introduced in Foundations of News and Feature Reporting I are taken up again at a higher level of difficulty as part of a progression of development.

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JOUR3173 Gender, Identity and the Media


The aim of the course is to help students to be informed consumers of media, to examine gender and diversity portrayals in the various media, and to explore how the media industry and culture treats gender and identity. These objectives will result in a raised awareness of how both sexes can participate equally in the world around them.

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JOUR1003 History of Mass Communication


This course aims at giving students an orientation on the evolution of various mass media technology and what affects the efficiency and effectiveness of communication, and the ever-changing landscape of mass communication. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding on how messages are conveyed through different medium, the impacts on various mass media when different technology is applied.

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GCIT1003 IT for Success in Everyday Life and Work


This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of Information Technology (IT), and develops students’ confidence in using computers and computer applications. Useful and practical course contents are selected for learning how to be a competitive person in this information era. Students are introduced to the background of Computer Science, and the modern IT sector. Some of the major IT organisations are introduced, and current IT issues and questions are discussed. The basic architecture and design of a computer is explained. Software applications useful for students of all majors are introduced.

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JOUR3233 International Communication


This course is an introduction to International Communication as both histories and the restructuring order in political economy and culture in the contemporary world. We will trace major changes since the Cold War period when communications have come to constitute one most dynamic industry and the concept of "nation" has been increasingly questioned as a fruitful framework to understand the globalization of communication. This will remain as one focal point in our discussion along the semester.

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JOUR3033 International News


Students will be acquainted with international news in terms of both its content and the processes by which it is produced in order to engender an appreciation of the special problems and situations of this type of news as compared with domestic news. Reading, audio-visual materials and visits will provide knowledge and experience about foreign correspondence and the people and organisations that carry it out. Students will be encouraged to critically appraise the international news they receive on a daily basis and suggest ways to appreciate it better and to improve it.

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JOUR2083 International Organizations Reporting


The aim of the course is to prepare students to report on internationals news with a focus on international organizations. Four types of international organizations will be covered, namely the UN, the UN affiliated organizations, financial and monetary organizations and quasi-governmental organization. Familiarise students with how international organizations are structured and what should be taken note of when reporting on their activities. Different types of international organizations will be covered.

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JOUR3003 Internship (IJ)


International Journalism students are required to undertake an internship. The internship is normally of at least six weeks full-time employment or professional practice during the summer between the third and fourth year. Students are required to conform to all reasonable requirements of their internship employer. Each student will be asked to write a reflection of no less than 1000 words after the internship.

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