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Course Venue:

Lecture Room 5

College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Course Schedule

1 PM: 
2 PM
2 PM: 
3 PM
3 PM: 
4 PM
5 PM: 
6 PM
6 PM: 
7 PM
7 PM: 
8 PM
Course Code: 
JCO 1101
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

The course is an introduction to the field of journalism. Students learn about: contentions over the definition of a journalist; contemporary debates about the state of journalism nationally and globally; the various journalistic philosophies and their historical origins and philosophical underpinnings, controversies, criticisms, applicability to Africa, and examples of practice; principles that govern the practice of journalism; debates about the professionalization of journalism; the nature of the journalism profession/industry in Uganda and East Africa; and the role of journalism in the democratic process and public life.  

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, the learner should:1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the various journalistic philosophies proposed over time and across countries as well as their origins.2.  Be familiar with the role of journalism in public life.3.  Understand the challenges that face journalism as a profession  

Introduction to Journalism
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