Major Courses

Major Courses
Foundation Courses 37 credits
Major Courses 66 credits
Core 33+6 credits
Stream 27 credits
Internship   6 credits
Minor Courses 15 credits
LFE   3 credits
Total 127 credits
Core Courses – 39 credits

The course aims to introduce the basic concepts, principles and processes of  applied communication. It is designed for the students having little or no background in communication. It discusses the foundations of human communication and preliminaries to interpersonal, small – group, public and media communication from a cultural perspective.

It will highlight the different contexts of communication so the students are familiar with all aspects and opportunities, which the subject offers. Also, the course will first explore the link between communication and self.

The course familiarizes the students with the theory and skills needed by effective communicator and critical consumer of speech, analysis of other speakers and practice in speaking. It puts emphasis on training in speeches of social and technical interest designed to teach students to develop and illustrate ideas and information and to inform, stimulate and persuade the audience.

The Course aims at introducing students to the fundamentals of mass communication. It includes structure and functions of mass communication, forms of mass communication and surveys the growth and development of books, newspaper, magazines, film, radio, television, the internet and new media delivery systems. It will further enable the students to analyze the mass media’s impact on society and individuals and whether the media effectively fulfill functions as delivers of information, persuasion, entertainment and culture. (Pre: CMN 201)

The focus of this course is the current state of interactive media— its physical, social, psychological aspects. It discusses the creation of interactive multimedia products for multi-platform delivery, multimedia production process, hardware and software requirements, authoring tools, scripting, content development, interface design, distribution and development strategies. (Pre: CMN 201).

This course is designed to teach basic reporting and writing techniques for the converged media. This course is a cornerstone class in the sense that students entering any communication field – newspapers, public relations, broadcast journalism or advertising – will call upon the skills developed and nurtured in this class. This course is divided into 80% of classroom lectures and 20% of field activities. Some of the students plan careers as newspaper or magazine journalists. Others will pursue broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, corporate communications, international communication, interactive media and other mass communications-related professions. These varied fields are united by one characteristic: the need for practitioners who are skilled writers. This course will create a gateway to that.

This course explores the impact of media on culture and social structure by introducing students to various theoretical constructions. Students will be analyzing cultural/media products such as books, cinema, television shows and advertisement in relation to the broader theoretical perspectives introduced in the course.

The course gives an overview of the development of cinema as an artistic and social force while at the same time acquainting the students with the aesthetic elements of the cinema, the terminology governing film productions, and the lines of critical inquiry that have been developed for interpreting cinema. The objective of the course is to enable students to read films as informed viewers.

The course introduces students to one of the basic terminologies associated with the state – “Development”. Part One of the course will focus on the concept of development, its proponents (such as the UN, the World Bank and international non-profit organizations) and its application. It will explore the problems of development and expose some of its shortcomings. Part Two will delve into the role and impact of media outlets on various aspects of development. And the final part of the course, Part Three will look at a set of issues encompassing the natural role of media as a state watchdog and shaper of public opinion and how it is enhanced or hindered by internal governance, ownership structure and lack of capacity.

The course focuses on the principles and practices of news reporting and editing for newspaper. It deals with covering beats and other news sources, including researching a news story for accuracy, comprehensiveness and interpretation.

Theories help to make sense of the world around us.  Some theories are “grand” (think ideologies) while others are more narrow (think particular economic or scientific theories –like the theory of relativity). But regardless of their scope, all theories shape how we make judgments about reality, relationships, circumstances, and decisions in our lives. This course exposes student to theories of communication, both large and small, with the intention of better equipping you to make sense of the communicative aspects of your world.

This course is designed to give overview of the concepts, methods, and tools, by which media research is designed, conducted and recorded. It enables the students to identify and avoid errors in enquiry, select research topic and define concepts/terms used in a research project, design research plans, formulate research questions and hypotheses and review literature. Topics include survey method, content analysis, focus group discussion, experimental method, ethnographic/field research. Students are instructed in making an effective research proposal. 

An internship experience provides the student with an opportunity to explore career interests while applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in a work setting. The experience also helps students gain a clearer sense of what they still need to learn and provides an opportunity to build professional networks.

Senior project will be an original work researched and written by the student on a topic covered by the courses taught in the programme. The project will be worked out under the supervision of a faculty member with expertise in the field of the research and to be chosen by the department.

Students who have taken CMN 201 as foundation course will have to do another higher level course as their major or minor requirement.