Curriculum & Pedagogy

For the B.A. (Hons.) degree in Media & Communication, the student needs to complete 20 core courses + 10 courses from electives, 4 of which should be interdisciplinary in nature drawn from other JGU schools, and the rest chosen from electives offered within JSJC.

Our programme addresses both applied and critical aspects of the discipline. The core course curriculum is carefully balanced, drawing upon areas of study pertinent to journalism and communication, including writing and speaking, newsgathering, broadcast, scriptwriting, and new media. Students specialize in their preferred areas through elective courses. A thesis based on the student’s specific chosen area of specialisation is required. Moreover, students are encouraged to take courses such as political science, economics, and international affairs.

Core and Elective Courses


  • Elements of Writing and Speaking
  • Introduction to Mass Media and Society
  • Introduction to Mass Media Research
  • Environmental Journalism
  • Writing for Journalism I & II
  • Media Law, Ethics, and Policy
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Communication Theory
  • Fundamentals of Newsgathering
  • New Media I & II
  • Cultures of New Media
  • Data Journalism
  • Development Communication
  • Principles of Health Communication
  • Urban Reporting: Managing the City Newsroom
  • Magazine Writing and Longform Digital Projects
  • Reporting Conflict
  • Broadcast and Multimedia Storytelling: Print, Online, TV, and Documentary
  • Gender and Journalism
  • NCR Neighborhoods
  • Principles of Public Relations
  • Media Economics
  • Critical Perspectives in Communication
  • Feature Writing
  • Business and Economic Reporting
  • Non-fiction and Travel Writing
  • Scriptwriting for Film/TV
  • Public Relations Writing
  • Photojournalism
  • Speech Command & Voice Dynamics for Communications Professionals
  • Production Workshop (Radio/TV/News)
  • Introduction to Cinema Studies
  • Introduction to Television Studies
  • Media and Popular Culture

Student-centered Pedagogy

The raison d‘etre for a university is its students. With our student-centered approach to teaching and learning, JGU consciously encourages experiential learning in its programmes. At JSJC we aim in particular to foster Bakhtinian dialogic discourse in student work, a fundamental concept in writing and communication studies. Therefore, experiential learning—rooted in constant dialog and communication, both within and outside the classroom—helps our students develop the various skills and attributes necessary to pursue successful careers as journalists and communications professionals.