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BA Honours (Communication Theory) 

Admission requirements

For UJ students:

  • 3rd year marks averaging 65% or above in your bachelor's degree
  • Overall good marks for year 3 of study
  • Overall marks of previous years may also be taken into consideration

For candidates other than UJ students, the below applies for consideration of acceptance:

  • Marks (above 65%) for Media Studies/Comm modules taken at another university as part of a bachelor's degree
  • Overall good marks for previous degree

The above does not guarantee acceptance. We may ask for a sample of your writing and a motivation letter.

Duration of programme: 1 year

Brief description of programme: The purpose of this programme is to explore a wide range of forms of human communication from a variety of perspectives that connect the local and the global and are rooted in African contexts and experiences. Our curriculum develops an innovative participation studies approach that addresses the specific communicative, cultural and social contexts in which we operate. As an inherently interdisciplinary and flexible programme, the BA Hons in Communication Studies intersects a multiplicity of fields and areas in the humanities and social sciences and offers an opportunity to explore their complementarity and interconnectedness. This qualification comprises five modules:

1.     Communication, Media and Society
2.     Research Methodology
3.     Contemporary Issues in Communication
4.     Communication for Social Change
5.     Research Essay

Each module is designed to introduce the student to a range of pertinent concerns in contemporary society. The Contemporary Issues module studies the context within which new media has evolved, the workings of new media and its impact on society. Communication for Social Change investigates the developed-developing nature of South African society as it is applied to various communication contexts. Communication, Media and Society provides a theoretical backdrop against which these are studied, and Research Methodology prepares the student for their research component (research essay).

Frequently asked questions

Please note that only those candidates with a bachelor's degree may apply for honours.

 

Is it possible to study part-time?

There are part-time courses available in our School of Communication (Strategic Communications and Journalism, Film and Television, for example). In Communication Studies, while we do not advertise a part-time Honours, we may make concessions for outstanding students with particular circumstances. Nevertheless students are required to attend weekly classes from 16h00 until 18h00. 

You will need to commit to attend 3 weekly modules in the first year and 2 in your second year of study. One of the modules in your second year is the research project for which you will not need to attend classes but you will be responsible for attending consultations with your supervisor. 

 

1st year

Research Methodology

And two others of your choice

 

2nd year

Research project

Your third choice

 

Honours classes are between the hours of 16h00 and 18h00.

 

Course

Day

TimeTerm
Research Methodology and Practice

Monday (Term 1)

16h00-18h001 and 3
Communication, Media and Society

Tuesday (Term 2 )

16h00- 18h002 and 4
Communication and Social ChangeWednesday (Term 1)16h00-18h002 and 4
Contemporary Issues in CommunicationWednesday (Term 2)16h00-18h001 and 3

 

From the above you can see that you will need to attend class twice a week in each term.

 

I'm having trouble applying online

Please note that you will need to reset your password on ULink. If after doing so you still cannot apply online please do contact the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT) on 011 559 3517.

Why was my application rejected?

Candidates who have their applications rejected may not meet the required average of 65% in the third year of study. Sometimes applicants may meet this requirement but with a capped number of spaces available the placements often go to those with the best marks. If the average for CMS-related subjects is also low, sometimes a decision is made prior to receiving the second semester results. Another reason for declining applications is that the candidate has not completed an adequate amount of CMS-related subjects. This is at the discretion of the department. 

Contact:

Dr Shanade Barnabas
Email: sbbarnabas@uj.ac.za

Examples of honours essays

Nonjabulo Kandawire.pdf

Vongani Nkuna (3).pdf


Funding opportunities for 2019:

Please see the link for funding opportunities: https://www.uj.ac.za/postgraduate/Pages/Funding-and-Bursaries-.aspx

Please consult the links below for more information, please consult the checklist before you make any submissions. 

UJ Honours Bursary Advert 2019.pdf

UJ Honours Bursary Application Form 2019.pdfChecklist for Hons Bursary 2019.docx



MA (Communication Studies) Research Master's

Admission requirements: The admission requirements are specified by the general university entrance requirements, not excluding the discretion of the Postgraduate Admission Committee or the Head of the Department. The closing date for  applications for this degree is 31 October of the preceding year. Please note that registration is only done in the first semester. The cut-off date for registration is 31st January. 

Duration of programme: 2 years

Brief description of programme: The purpose of this programme is to explore a wide range of forms of human communication from a variety of perspectives that connect the local and the global and are rooted in African contexts and experiences. As an inherently interdisciplinary and flexible programme, the MA in Communication Studies intersects a multiplicity of fields and areas in the humanities and social sciences and offers an opportunity to explore their complementarity and interconnectedness. This qualification allows students to identify, explore and research a relevant and pertinent topic, and produce a written research dissertation, under the constructive supervision of a senior researcher in the department. The focus of the dissertation is based on the proposal submitted by the student and decided upon jointly with the supervisor(s).

Contact:
Prof Nyasha Mboti
Email: nmboti@uj.ac.za

Recently completed dissertations 

Litlhare Moteetee: Kidult Culture, Identity and Nostalgia: The Case of The Regular Show. 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/10210/237521

Linah Nkuna: “Service Delivery” Protests: Media Frames, Single Stories, and Protestor Narratives. 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/10210/236790

Thembelihle Maseko: Intersections: A Study of the Private Lives and Public Lives of Selected Women from the Social Movement Organisation, Abahlali base Freedom Park. 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/10210/246095

Amy Maphagela: The Zazi HIV/AIDS Campaign on Intergenerational Relationships: Views of Selected Men in Intergenerational Relationships. 2016  http://hdl.handle.net/10210/235289

Patrick Rabienga: "Real" and Commercial Graffiti: Perceptions amongst Johannesburg commercial graffiti writers. 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/10210/59571

Lindsay Leslie: A Comparative Analysis of Michael Tomasello’s Theory of Humanness and the African Philosophy of Ubuntu. 2018.  http://hdl.handle.net/10210/294463


Musa Emmanuel Ngobeni: “I came to SouthAfrica thinking it is a Rainbow Nation”: A Study of Attitudes towards Xenophobia at the University of Johannesburg. 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/10210/294489


DLitt et Phil (Communication Studies)

Admission requirements: The admission requirements are specified by the general university entrance requirements, not excluding the discretion of the Postgraduate Admission Committee or the Head of the Department. The closing date for applications for this degree is 31 October of the preceding year. Please note that registration is only done in the first semester. The cut-off date for registration is 31st January.  

Duration of programme: 3 years

Brief description of programme: The purpose of this programme is to explore a wide range of forms of human communication from a variety of perspectives that connect the local and the global and are rooted in African contexts and experiences. As an inherently interdisciplinary and flexible programme, the DLitt et Phil in Communication Studies intersects a multiplicity of fields and areas in the humanities and social sciences and offers an opportunity to explore their complementarity and interconnectedness. This qualification provides students the opportunity to master the art of independent studies by writing a research thesis under the supervision of a senior researcher. The focus of the dissertation is based on the proposal submitted by the student and decided upon jointly with the supervisor.

Contact:
Prof Pier Paolo Frassinelli
Email: pierpaolof@uj.ac.za

Recently completed theses

Bodunrin, Itunu. 2018 A decolonial interpretation of indigeneity, citizenship and identity of the !Xun and Khwe indigenous youths of South Africa.

Chibuwe, Albert. The nationalist discourses of an African ruling party: an exploration of ZANU-PF print media election advertisements for the July 2013 elections. http://hdl.handle.net/10210/226888

Ncube, Bheki. Radio Mthwakazi and the construction of Ndebele ethnic identity.

Ngcongo, Mthobeli.2018. From "miscegenophobia" to the "rainbow" ?: disclosure and concealment in selected  UJ students' interracial romantic relationships. http://hdl.handle.net/10210/279008


Matsilele, Trust. Social Media Dissidence in Zimbabwe.

Phiri, Millicent. Social Media Talk.

Sathiyah, Varona. Cultural tourism and representation strategies in the  South African context: a case study of the Baleni and Fundudzi cultural camps on the African Ivory Route.

Sikhakhane, Mongezi. Health, Culture & Language: Translation & Untranslatability in Selected English-to-Zulu Health Communication Messages in Rural KwaZulu-Natal.

Zwane, Dudu. "Umdlavuza Wamabele": Zulu Women's Narratives of Breast Cancer, Illness and Healing.


Current Doctoral Studies

Collen Chambwera, (registered 2017) Financial and economic news production practices in post-colonial Zimbabwe.

Sehume, J. (registered 2016) Appraising the 'rethinking indigeneity' project using transdisciplinarity.

Mnisi, J.G. (registered 2017) Burning to be men? conspicuous consumption as an expression of masculinity in te activities of Izikhothane in Thembisa.

Nkuna, L.N. (registered 2017) Communication Practices of Social Movements in South Africa: A Comparative Study of Abahlali base Freedom Park, Wits Fees Must Fall and Save South Africa

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