I enjoy this degree course very much as it is very practical and in no way limiting. However, I feel there much more of an emphasis placed on broadcast journalism than any other journalism practice. The experience is good as we have frequent 'news days' where we have to produce, write and broadcast live news for a tv/ radio show within a day, which is supposed to mirror how it is done in industry. Facilities are good- a fully equipped tv studio with gallery and many recording booths. There are quite a few theory modules which I sometimes never fully understood the relation to the degree, but were useful in trying to understand media. Media law is also covered which is very Important for journalists, and is also the only exam for the three years.
I have really enjoyed my time so far at the Univeristy of Sussex. The course is engaging and some of the staff members go above and beyond to help you and are really approachable. The course material is really interesting and varied. However in one or two modules I have found the tutor was not really engaging with the topic or students. But I suppose it is like that with every course and uni really. Also the overseas field trip is amazing!!!
It's a broad and specialised degree at the same time, it is a great degree and gives a lot of opportunities. However some modules are the same as others already done before however some are very different. It helps broaden our knowledge and get the best out of the degree
The structure is beneficial as lectures take place a week before the seminars for one topic meaning we have time to go over the topic and make note of anything we want to ask about. Some topics are fairly complex and I don't feel that we have enough revision-style seminars led by the tutors, they are more discussions between students meaning sometimes the more complex aspects of topics are not explained fully as it may be that all students in the group do not understand. The forms of assessment are good for me as it has been more exam-based than coursework however that is more personal preference. Modules have varying styles of assessment so if people would rather have coursework they can chose modules to suit that preference. One problem is that the only year you can chose all of your modules is third year however that means you study areas you wouldn’t have chosen and can find you are interested in that area.
Early on in the year I changed my course from Media communications to Media Practice hoping for some practical insight on camera work etc
Within my video documentary module I still have never been taught how to use the equipment. We are permitted access to the camera equipment each day but have never had a lesson on its usage. I find the teaching of this module deeply disappointing as I feel the whole course is something that students have to learn themselves and on their own terms.
Also, when first arriving at university I felt unsure whether to pull out or not. My modules were not as interesting as I'd hoped and I wanted to ask for assistance on changing. My personal academic advisor referred me to 'the office' without assisting me at all. If I had an issue with my studies I would not know which member of staff to refer to.
However, the uni is friendly and I've met a variety of people from different locations across the world. The uni always has something going on and Brighton as a city is one of the most entertaining I've encountered.
Due to the nature of a qualifying law degree, there is generally not a lot of room for picking your own modules. However, I picked Employment Law as my optional module for second year as I hoped it would be useful, and I was definitely right! The module has made me thoroughly consider my position as a part-time worker, as well as thinking about how employers must act in all kinds of situations. As the module was fairly small, there was a lot of support from lecturers which was incredibly helpful. The best thing about the module was that there was only one tutor for all classes; this meant that she knew everyone on the course and could change her teaching to address any problems that had been raised. The worst thing about the module was the exam; it was 100% of the module and completely closed-note. However, the content was quite simple and I am not aware of anyone's exam being a complete disaster!
The module is assessed through coursework (50%) and through a written exam at the end of the year (50%).It's highly enjoyable and informative, although some of the subject matter could be considered potentially upsetting (the course covers topics such as domestic violence).The staff are friendly and willing to help, and clearly know a great deal about what they teach.
This module was exactly what I expected and had a huge range of interesting content. It focused a lot of the research done by people at the university which made it even more interesting and was taught really well, ensuring a good understanding. The exam was difficult in places, however it felt fair and all content had been taught in class.
The module was very poorly coordinated as only one lecturer had to take control of the whole cohorts learning which was too much to be expected. This led to a lot of confusion by students as the content of the course was often very badly communicated. There was a lack of support available (due to the lack of lecturers on the module) and so it was often seen that students felt quite misguided in the exam.
The exam set additionally was not in the same format as the practice papers set and the content was different from what we had been told it would contain. This has led to a lot of confusion by students and I can imagine has brought down grade significantly. It has been felt that we were treated quite unfairly as a result. For example, 20% we were told would contain theory, however, there was no theoretical questions at all on the paper. This therefore leads me to say that there should be a lot of improvement on this module for the next year as this has caused a lot of stress for a number of students.
The course was wonderful and well structured. As the class sizes are really small, you get to know everyone really well and there is always someone to talk to if you are struggling. This is also true of the lecturers, who make a big effort to give you all the support you need, including having an open door policy so you can stop by for help whenever needed. Although not every class was something I enjoyed, this could not be helped as all modules are compulsory until 3rd year. This really helped with giving a broad knowledge and hence allowing me to choose the right project for me in the masters year. The university itself is gorgeous and the beautiful setting always gives a good atmosphere to everyone studying here.