Course Catalogue

Course Code: MSJ 325 (New)
Course Name:
Reporting on SMEs and Non-Profits
Credit Hours:
3.00
Detailed Syllabus:

Often overlooked in business coverage, hundreds of thousands of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) form the backbone of the Bangladesh economy by employing millions. This course will teach how to track and report on such enterprises, as well as go beyond the storefronts to understand their sources of funding. In many cases, SMEs are bankrolled by non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). By the end of the course, the students are expected to develop a sound understanding of the small business sector, its symbiotic relationship with non-profits and then acquire necessary skills to cover this dynamic combination in print, electronic and online media.

Course Code: MSJ 326 (New)
Course Name:
Reporting on the Economy and Climate Change
Credit Hours:
3.00
Detailed Syllabus:

This class will examine how best to cover the political, environmental—and financial—implications of Climate Change. How will warming temperatures play havoc with public and private investments? What will it do with crop production, the livelihood of most Bangladeshis? Experts say the government is ill equipped to solve these problems, which means the private sector must step up. That means business journalists need to be prepared to shoulder the burden of coverage.

Course Code: MSJ 331 (New)
Course Name:
Cinema Studies
Prerequisite:
Credit Hours:
3.00
Detailed Syllabus:

The course introduces students to the study of film, its history and aesthetics and their application to individual films and film movements. Students will become acquainted with basic elements, terminology and theories of critique and inquiry in film studies. These include genre theory, auteur theory, semiotics of film and the analysis of form as opposed to content. More than an overview, the goal is to train students to view films critically and with an informed awareness. Readings as well as screenings will be required.

Course Code: MSJ 332
Course Name:
Media Presentation and Performance
Prerequisite:
Credit Hours:
3.00
Detailed Syllabus:

The course will introduce students to the fundamentals of on-camera presentation skills for TV and cinema, including acting, makeup, speech and pronunciation, basic fitness and posture.

Course Code: MSJ 333
Course Name:
Scriptwriting
Credit Hours:
3.00
Detailed Syllabus:

The course will provide students with the fundamentals of writing for the screen such as news-based reporting, short documentary scripts as well as feature documentaries. On completion of the practical elements of the course, students will be expected to write a script in their chosen area, which they will shoot in the MSJ 430 Advanced TV Production or MSJ 409 Documentary Production.

Course Code: MSJ 333 (New)
Course Name:
Writing for Film and TV
Prerequisite:
Credit Hours:
3.00
Detailed Syllabus:

The course will focus on the fundamentals of  turning images into words. Students will learn basics of writing for the screen such as news-based reporting, short documentary scripts as well as feature narratives. On completion of the practical elements of the course, students will be expected to write a script in their chosen area.

Course Code: MSJ 334 (New)
Course Name:
Digital Cinematography
Prerequisite:
Credit Hours:
3.00
Detailed Syllabus:

Digital cinematography provides a cost-effective and increasingly sophisticated means of visual storytelling. This course familiarizes students with the technical capacity of digital cameras for lighting, filtration, picture manipulation, high definition and special effects, among other features. Students apply the principles of lighting and composition using the digital camera to create mood and atmosphere in their productions.

Course Code: MSJ 335 (New)
Course Name:
Digital Post-production
Prerequisite:
Credit Hours:
3.00
Detailed Syllabus:

The course builds upon Basic Digital Cinematography.  It is a practical course wherein students learn post-production skills such as non-linear digital editing, sound mixing and music effects. Students will be expected to learn computer software and sound equipment, as well as understand basic theories.

Course Code: MSJ 336 (New)
Course Name:
TV Infotainment Production
Prerequisite:
Credit Hours:
3.00
Detailed Syllabus:

This intermediate course will teach students a range of skills necessary for the production of TV programs. These include research, program development, scheduling, camera placement and movement, editing and post-production. This course also will cover basic production design skills such as sets and costumes. On completion of the course students, will produce a short program for public screening. Students are expected to work cooperatively in clearly defined production roles.

Course Code: MSJ 340
Course Name:
Introduction to Digital Culture
Credit Hours:
3.00
Detailed Syllabus:

This course introduces students to the concept of digital culture. The influence of the new technologies based on the digital encoding of information is pervasive. It touches upon virtually every aspect of modern life, in virtually all cultures. In order to understand this phenomenon, students will be introduced to medium based theory, which provides both the context for understanding as well the critical methods required and is derived from the work of theorists such as Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan and Walter Ong. On the conclusion of the unit, students will have a greater appreciation of the information revolution that surrounds them.

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