University of KwaZulu-NatalBy Asian Correspondent Oct 16, 2012 9:37PM UTC
The University of KwaZulu-Natal is truly a 21st-century institute. Founded in 2004 through the merger of two former schools, the university embodies a forward-looking enthusiasm and spirit of pre-eminence worthy of its ambition to become the premier university of African scholarship.
One of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s strengths is its commitment to community engagement. The school embraces a strong impetus of province- and nation-building, but this attitude also applies to global communities at large. This sets an ideal tone for exploring the ethics of journalism and the important role that 21st-century information systems play in global communication and development.
Along these lines, this university is a top pick for Asian students eager to earn a degree in journalism or media studies with a strong international perspective. South Africa is situated in the Western Hemisphere and has strong ties to Europe and North America. However, it also has a great deal in common with emerging economies in the East. With that in mind, Asian students who earn a degree here will be able to build powerful networks while gaining insight into global developmental challenges and the effect these have on the press and transmission of information.
School of Applied Human Sciences
Students of Journalism and Communication study under the School of Applied Human Sciences. The Centre for Communication, Media and Society is the sub-school under which these students earn their credentials. Many of the courses and degree programs take a specific interest in the economic and community development, adding an interesting and highly relevant slant to a traditional journalism degree.
Master of Arts in Media Studies
There are many reasons for Asian grad students with an interest in Media Studies to consider University of KwaZulu-Natal . The program is hosted on the Durban Campus, in a region that has six major newspapers, ten broadly distributed (not to mention highly profitable) suburban periodicals and several radio stations and local television broadcast stations.
Post-Apartheid South Africa also presents an exciting climate in which to study and practice journalism. In the past two decades, a dramatic push has seen journalistic channels opening and embracing community trends. This puts local students in an excellent position to explore the ethics, role and potential value of journalism and media in a dynamic community context.
Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS)
The CCMS is an important hub of activity for graduate students who are involved in journalism- and media-related studies. The society was founded in 1976 after a major uprising that helped to shape South Africa’s history. CCMS opened in order to teach critical media and cultural studies in with the aim of contributing to cultural change.
Today, the society offers interdisciplinary courses that contribute to a range of disciplines. This is the premier graduate research unit in media studies in this part of South Africa, and graduates regularly go on to assume positions in the journalism and film industries, among many others.
Graduates can earn a master’s degree in Culture, Communication and Media over the course of two semesters. Not all of the students enrolled at CCMS are involved in journalism or media studies, but the thematic research areas employed here are incorporated into the larger framework of grad students’ area of study.
This is a breakdown of the main modules encountered as part of the program:
Development, Communication and Culture
This program follows macro-development and communication paradigms, including UNESCO Development Indicators and Millennium Development goals.
Media in the Global World
This course is dedicated to the movement of information around the world. It explores the economic, technical, cultural and political elements of globalisation.
Imaging ‘Same’ and ‘Other’: Visual Anthropology / Documentary Film
This module takes moving images as its central element, focusing on the ethics of film production and the morality of exhibition.
Communication for Participatory Development
This module examines the process and private and public dialogue through which people define their existence and personhood. It’s a far-reaching course of study with implications for a diverse array of disciplines.