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Postgraduate Diploma in Economics Journalism: (part-time)

 

Ryan hanckoks 
Year Co-ordinator: Mr Ryan Hancocks

Room: 205

Email: r.hancocks@ru.ac.za


TIMETABLE

YEAR 1

 

TERM 1

TERM 2

TERM 3

TERM 4

 

Economics for journalists

 

Companies and markets

YEAR 2

 

TERM 1

TERM 2

TERM 3

TERM 4

Globalisation and trade

 

Economics, media and society

Capstone assignment

Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Economics Journalism (PGDip EJ) is a NQF 8 level qualification offered by the School of Journalism and Media Studies part-time over two calendar years. The qualification builds on the journalistic skills of the participants by giving them the intellectual tools to report on issues and events in the global and local economy.  Content is presented in a way that improves students’ ability to produce comprehensive work across all related topics and deepens their understanding of economics, business and financial journalism.

As a part-time course it is ideal for working journalists who want to switch to a specialisation in economics journalism or a professional interested in producing market related articles and increasing their comprehension of micro and macroeconomic forces at play in financially integrated world. A critical understanding of monetary and fiscal policy instruments is vital in for a journalist’s skillset, these are unpacked in detail as students follow the monetary flows from household to government during their coursework.

Being an NQF 8-rated qualification means this is the perfect step for experienced journalists  to gain a strong postgraduate foothold in their career path.

The PGDip EJ for 2020 consists of 5 core modules:

The programme consists of five modules. Four of the modules are subject-specific with each revolving around a week of lectures/seminars at the Rhodes University campus in Grahamstown. The capstone module is a self-driven, journalistic assignment.

Economics for journalists (macro and micro)

This will focus, in particular on the national accounts, gross domestic product, money and inflation, fiscal and monetary policy, and unemployment. In addition, students will explore ways of dealing journalistically with numbers and statistical data. The module will examine in particular the price mechanism and markets, demand and supply, consumer behaviour, production and costs. The course will explore the interplay between macroeconomics and microeconomics, in particular the way companies, industries and consumers are affected by macroeconomic conditions.

TEACHING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

Students will be required to complete the required pre-reading before attending the week long intensive. The module will be held at Rhodes University across 5 days as students attend workshop intensives. At the end of the week students will be assigned 2 production pieces and an essay to submit in the first month post the module. These submissions will count the full mark for the module and are weighted equally.

CREDIT VALUE

The course is 24 credits (20% of PGDip EJ) over term 2 in the 1st year of study

COMPANIES AND MARKETS

The purpose of this module is firstly, to introduce students to companies and business and how to report on them. Secondly, financial markets and the range of securities products on offer, their valuation and  critical commentary in a reporting environment are covered. Inter alia the students will learn how to interpret company accounts and annual reports, and to understand the details and implications of corporate actions such as mergers and acquisitions. The module also examines stocks, bonds, money-market instruments and currencies, as well as indices tracking price changes in those instruments. It encompasses issues of empowerment, labour and skills.

TEACHING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

Students will be required to complete the required pre-reading before attending the week long intensive. The module will be held at Rhodes University across 5 days as students attend workshop intensives. At the end of the week students will be assigned 2 production pieces and an essay to submit in the first month post the module. These submissions will count the full mark for the module and are weighted equally.

CREDIT VALUE

The course is 24 credits (20% of PGDip EJ) over term 4 in the 1st year of study.

Globalisation and trade

The purpose of this module is to enable participants to understand how to report on the particular development challenges South Africa faces in the context of both the domestic political and economic environment and international economic relations. It will cover issues that affect domestic politics and trade economics. The module equips students to produce content relating to poverty, inequality and development within the broad area of international economic relations, and reflect on how theories and practices should be reported.

TEACHING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

Students will be required to complete the required pre-reading before attending the week long intensive. The module will be held at Rhodes University across 5 days as students attend workshop intensives. At the end of the week students will be assigned 2 production pieces and an essay to submit in the first month post the module. These submissions will count the full mark for the module and are weighted equally.

CREDIT VALUE

The course is 24 credits (20% of PGDip EJ) over term 1 in the 2nd year of study.

Economics, media and society

This module introduces students to theories about the role of media in society, with particular reference to economics and business media. It also examines issues of business media ethics, disclosure and corporate governance.

TEACHING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

Students will be required to complete the required pre-reading before attending the week long intensive. The module will be held at Rhodes University across 5 days as students attend workshop intensives. At the end of the week students will be assigned 2 production pieces and an essay to submit in the first month post the module. These submissions will count the full mark for the module and are weighted equally.

CREDIT VALUE

The course is 24 credits (20% of PGDip EJ) over term 3 in the 2nd year of study.

Capstone assignement

In the final year of the PGDip EJ students will begin working on their self-driven research assignment. This module sets out to provide students with the space to produce a multi-part story that is data rich which incorporates the learnings gained from the prior modules in the course. Students will be expected to initiate their own research and data collection to produce at the end of the year a body of work that is rigorous and meets the required outcomes of a professional production.

TEACHING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT

Students will be required to complete the required assignment outcomes during their 2nd year of study. Regular submission intervals are a requirement for the final weighting of the overall marks.

CREDIT VALUE

The course is 24 credits (20% of PGDip EJ) over the duration of the 2nd year of study.

OVERALL CREDIT DISTRIBUTION:

PGDip EJ 2020

120

 

TITLE

CREDITS

% overall

Economics for journalists

24

20%

Companies and markets

24

20%

Globalisation and trade

24

20%

Economics, media and society

24

20%

Capstone assignment

24

20%

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