JOUR 101: Introduction to Journalism (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

Nature, functions, and responsibilities of communication media and agencies from professional point of view. News, opinion, entertainment, and persuasion functions; current trends. Specialized communication; aspects of advertising. Study and discussion of the historical, ethical and legal principles of journalism.


JOUR 102: History of Journalism (6 credits)

Prerequisite: Journalism major or minor

Development of newspapers and periodicals from beginnings to present day; rise of radio and television; relation of communications, developments of political, economic, and social trends.


JOUR 105: Newspapers, Magazines and Periodicals (6 credits)

Prerequisite: Journalism major or minor

Information resources for professional and academic work in mass communication; techniques for locating, retrieving, appraising, and verifying information acquired from public records, libraries, research institutions, databases, and interviews.


JOUR 202: Mass Communication Ethics (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

Ethical values in international and also Azerbaijani journalism. The purpose of the course is to glance at today’s Azerbaijani journalism and to compare with Western journalism (Freedom of Mass Media, Mass Media Ethics and so on). The Mass Media Ethics deals with international Journalists ’Code of Ethics (or Professional Code of Ethics) that determines journalists’ ‘ethical frame’.


JOUR 203: News Writing (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 102

Writing and producing news for newspapers, television, and magazines. Basic news writing style methods for the different media.


JOUR 204: Photo Journalism (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 102

Photo journalism as a news reporting technique. Production of pictures for publication. Basic photo editing, discussion of modern photographic methods.


JOUR 205: Editing: Theory and Practice (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 203

Writing, editing, illustration, design, layout, photo-composition of a single-issue magazine.


JOUR 206: Mass Communication Law (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 204, 205

Brief historical background. First Amendment rights, basic law of defamation, free press and fair trial, access to news, access to press, privacy, contempt, obscenity, regulation of broadcasting and advertising, antitrust controls, legal and ethical rules affecting journalistic practice.


JOUR 207: Reporting (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 203

Fact gathering and journalistic writing. Problems in judgement and handling of news and news features.


JOUR 208: Publishing and Printing (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 203, 205

Principles and techniques of publishing and printing on experience producing feature newspaper pages, computer designed newsletter and information graphics. Integrating photos, artwork and other graphic elements with text and numerical data.


JOUR 306: Magazine Writing (6 credits) 

Prerequisite: JOUR 204/JOUR 205

Writing feature article for general, class, and trade publications; study of market freelance methods.


JOUR 307: Principles of Marketing (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 205, JOUR 306

Theory, principles, and functions of marketing; its role in economic, social, and marketing structure. Newspaper, magazines, radio, television as advertising media.


JOUR 308: History of Azerbaijani Press (6 credits)

Prerequisite: Journalism major and minor

Evolution of Azerbaijani Press and factors contributing to it. Periodization of the History of Azerbaijan Press. Modern Press, its functions and problems.


JOUR 309: Government and Mass Media (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 206

News media as institution: its role, content, effects and responsibilities as a cultural force in society; origins and concept of freedom of information and evolution in constitutional law and judicial decisions; contemporary problems of censorship in publishing, broadcasting and film.


JOUR 310: Genres of Journalism (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 101, 102

Global analysis of internal and external broadcasting services with emphasis on their motives, origins, technologies and programming. Special attention to different genres of journalistic activities.


JOUR 312: Computer Assisted Journalism (6 credits)

Prerequisite: CMS 103

Potential computer application relevant to journalism activities in Newspaper, Magazine Radio, TV, and Film.


JOUR 313: Advanced Reporting Methods (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 307, JOUR 308

Investigative techniques for the mass media, including quantitative research methods, use of records and documents, analysis of statistics, advanced interviewing, and methods adverse conditions.


JOUR 314: Interpretive Reporting (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 306, JOUR 307

Advanced problems in reporting about government, politics, social problems, and the arts.


JOUR 401: Fundamentals of Television and Radio (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 310

Basics of radio and TV production and direction focusing on issues raised by recent development in Television and Radio, commercial and public issues associated with innovations of satellite, cable and cartridge systems, changes in public psychology and behavior.


JOUR 403: International Press and Media Networks (6 credits)

Prerequisite: 9 credits from JOUR 3XX and 4XX courses

Global analysis of internal and external broadcasting services, with emphasis on their motives, origins, technologies and programming. Special attention to political, economic and regulatory constraints affecting flow of world news and public information, organization and controls in the regional and international networks and information systems.


JOUR 404: Press and Broadcasting Management (6 credits)

Prerequisite: 9 credits from JOUR 3XX and 4XX courses

Press and Broadcasting Management functions, internal organizational structure, operational procedure. Business and production methods and management in the areas of advertising, business, circulation, editorial, personnel, production and promotion.


JOUR 405: History of Cinematography (6 credits)

Prerequisite: Journalism major and minor

Historical interdisciplinary and comparative approach to development of film in Azerbaijan, Europe, and US from the silent era through the Depression. Azerbaijan cinematography. Particular emphasis on interrelationship on film with its historical context and social dimensions of film structure, aesthetics, and language.


JOUR 406: Television and Radio Program (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 401

The main problems of Radio and TV programming, business of Radio and TV programming; commercial, non-commercial, cable and home video. Main emphasis on several theoretical, research and applied areas.


JOUR 407: TV and Radio Speech Culture (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

Speech culture as a part of rhetoric. Survey of different types of speeches, different means of communication skills, metaphors, metanomy, idioms, proverbs and sayings.


JOUR 408 Children’s Rights and Journalism (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 101

This course learns the children’s rights in Mass Media. Today there are many child programs and publishing. But often the rights of children are broken in different meaning. Media is not only for adults, but also for children. Children are using and take part in different type of Mass Media. Children demand more sensible approach than adults. Mass Media and journalist must be more attentive to child in media. The course is offered by UNICEF for saving the Rights of Children.


JOUR 409: Advanced Television News (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JOUR 307

Preparation and delivery of television newscasts. The industry’s current problems; legal and ethical considerations. Social impact of electronic journalism.


JOUR 411: International Media and Information Systems (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

In the ‘International Media and Information Systems’ course it takes the main part the reasons of the flowing of information in one-way from developed countries to developing countries, which had appeared from middle of the last century in the international journalism and the ways of solving the problem of global information, also the disclosure of the concepts as media imperialism and culture imperialism, which connected with this theme, the analysis of the position of Azerbaijan, as one of the developing countries, which it is effected from non-balanced steam of information.


At the end of the course, the students will be able to make independently analysis of development of all kinds of media (the station of global media, the news agencies, advertising companies and so on), which it has power of influence in the today’s so-called ‘information society’ and processes taking place in the world information system in.


JOUR 412: Theory and Analysis of News (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

‘The Theory and Analysis of News’ course teaches techniques of the news analysis based on topics such as the notion of news, the preparation and transmission of information, as well as the types of news, values of news, news writing rules, etc. At the end of the course, the students will be able to compare of news taken part in the Mass Media and they will be able to look at maintenance of news analytically.


JOUR 413: Radio Programming (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

The base of the "Radio Programming" course consists of preparation of different radio programs and the comparative analysis of those programs, which is used topics such as the place of the radio among mass media in our country and in the world, modern technical equipment and facilities used in radio studios, characteristics of radio broadcasting, radio programming and radio-speaker in past and today, the types and characteristics of the radio program, and etc.

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