Department of English, Media Studies and Linguistics

Faculty of Humanities, Social Science and Education

About the Department

The Department is the result of a merger between the former English Department and the Department of Communication and Applied Languages Studies. Conscious of the immeasurable value of studying a wide range of globally recognised and developmentally oriented programmes or modules at both undergraduate and post graduate levels, the Department implements teaching methods that transform students’ perceptions and encourage the application of knowledge to real world problems.

The Department is home to national and internationally recognised scholars as evidenced by the presence of National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researchers. The Department is proud of the high-quality teaching and research in a myriad of areas such as English literature and language, Media Studies and Linguistics. One of the major focus of the Department is endeavouring to develop according to the needs of the career market and social trends. Therefore, the Department fosters a strong research culture among students and staff to help create new knowledge. Ultimately, this will produce critical thinkers and creators of new knowledge and contribute to social development.

The Department offers undergraduate programme in Media Studies; Linguistics and English major modules in language and literature including a university wide core module, English Communication Skills (ECS). Students who want to major in English can take any other subject from those listed as majors in the calendar, as a second major. Our staff are always available to assist you in any way possible. Feel free to contact the Department.

Undergraduate qualifications offered

  • Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) BAMS
  • Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) HSBAMS

Aim

Media Studies curriculum package is designed, through its critical and theoretical approaches, to enable students to gain and maintain a sound theoretical and practical understanding of the media industries, their epistemologies, and theories. For more information on how to combine Media Studies with others, see Bachelor of Arts (Media and Language Studies) package on the booklet. The programme shall extend over a period of three academic years of full-time study. However, a student who, for any reason(s) is unable to complete the programme will, at the discretion of the Department and subject to the University’s regulations, be allowed to extend the period of study by one year only.

Admission

To be admitted into the programme, a student shall have satisfied the provisions and registration of students as well as General Rules for Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates as set out in General Regulations of the University of Venda. The student shall have satisfied the provisions for Admission as set by the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education at the University of Venda.

Admission requirements:

Applicants must take note of the following: that being admitted by the university does not automatically qualify the student into the BA (Media Studies) programme; that students should have passed English and a home language at Matric; that students will be notified through the office of the Faculty administrator on the status of their application.

Postgraduate qualifications offered:

Our postgraduate studies offer three levels as detailed below:

Honours Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours in Media Studies
  • Honours in English Language Teaching
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours in Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours in Applied Linguistics

Masters Qualifications:

  • Master of Arts in Linguistics
  • Master of Arts in English Language
  • Master of Arts in English Literature
  • Master of Arts (Communication and Media Studies)

Doctoral Qualifications:

  • PhD in Linguistics
  • PhD in Literature
  • PhD in English Language

Honours qualifications’ admission requirements

Bachelor of Arts Honours in Media Studies

The minimum period of study for the BA (Honours) in Media Studies is one year full-time and two years part-time. A student who, for any reason(s), is unable to complete the whole programme in the maximum period allowed will have to apply to the Department for an Extra year at the end of which s/he will be expected to complete it. Students register for 4 core modules plus a mini-dissertation  chosen in consultation with lecturers and the Head of Department.

Admission

The minimum requirement for admission to the Honours programme is an average mark of 65% in the MST four modules (or equivalent). Alternative entry requirements may be applied under special circumstances.

Programme

Students are required to take a total of  4 modules for the coursework, and a mini dissertation which should be completed within a year.

Aim

The honours programme in Media Studies aims at showing an understanding of the key concepts, theories, and principles of different media forms. It demonstrates knowledge of digital or new media and its impact in society. it helps students develop and in-depth understanding of digital media and their implication for both society and global media and interrogate areas of concern such as social media use, privacy, surveillance, freedom of speech, Internet governance, digital rights and citizen journalism. It helps students assess how technological change is implicated in globalisation, political institutions, and historical developments; and understand how digital technologies affect democracy. This programme provides an overview of some of the important theories of mass communication to help students describe and explain media communication. It assists students study media communication from various theoretical perspectives such as the perspective of content and language, media and society, audiences and effects and media organization. Major theoretical traditions such as cultural studies, post-modernism, feminism, and political economy will also be examined in this module.

Career Opportunities

Journalism, Advertising, Editorial Work, Public relations, Television and Film, Radio, Publishing, Internet writing, public services, Communication and Media Liaisons teaching, journalism.

Bachelor of Arts Honours in English Language Teaching

The minimum period of study for the BA (Honours) in English Language Teaching is one year full-time and two years part-time. A student who, for any reason(s), is unable to complete the whole programme in the maximum period allowed will have to apply to the Department for an Extra year at the end of which s/he will be expected to complete it. Students register for 4 core modules plus a mini dissertation  chosen in consultation with lecturers and the Head of Department.

Admission

The minimum requirement for admission to the Honours programme is an average mark of 65% in the ENG two modules (or equivalent) and a recognised teaching qualification. Alternative entry requirements may be applied under special circumstances.

Programme

Students are required to take a total of  4 modules for the coursework, and a mini dissertation which should be completed within a year.

Aim

The honours programme in English language teaching aims at equipping practising second language teachers and researchers who want to advance their skills. It specifically focuses on those areas of language acquisition and learning which second language learners encounter in the learning environment. It explores how such students can be assisted to be proficient in the second language.

Career Opportunities

Teaching, research, curriculum advising, media, communication, language advisory, editing, texts production

Bachelor of Arts Honours in English Literature Studies

The minimum period of study for the BA Honours in English Literature Studies is one year full-time and two years part-time. A student who, for any reason(s), is unable to complete the whole programme in the maximum period allowed will have to apply to the Department for an Extra year at the end of which s/he will be expected to complete it.

Admission

The minimum requirements for admission to the Honours programme is an average mark of 60% in the ENG three modules (or equivalent) and a recognised teaching qualification. Alternative entry requirements may be applied under special circumstances. Students register for 4 core modules plus a mini-dissertation  chosen in consultation with lecturers and the Head of Department.

Programme

Full-time students are required to take a total of 12 modules for the coursework, that is six modules in each semester. Part-time students do six modules in the first year and another sic on the second year, that is, three modules in each semester, each module is worth 10 credits. NB: Part-time students must take in the first semester of the first year, ELT5522 (core), ELT5523 (core) and ELT5529 (core). In the second semester of the first year, they must take corresponding modules.

Aim

The honours programme in English literary studies aims primarily at enhancing students’ responsiveness to literary art. In essence, the programme aims at conscientizing students to the role of literary art in the critical interrogation and understanding of topical issues affecting contemporary society.

Career opportunities

Teaching, research, curriculum advising, media, communication, language advisory, editing, texts production

Bachelor of Arts Honours in Applied Linguistics

The minimum period of study for the BA (Honours) in Applied Linguistics is one year full-time and two years part-time. A student who, for any reason(s), is unable to complete the whole programme in the maximum period allowed will have to apply to the Department for an Extra year at the end of which s/he will be expected to complete it. Students register for 4 core modules plus a mini dissertation chosen in consultation with lecturers and the Head of Department.

Admission

The minimum requirement for admission to the Honours programme is an average mark of 65% in the LIN/ENG four modules (or equivalent). Alternative entry requirements may be applied under special circumstances.

Programme

Students are required to take a total of 4 modules for the coursework, and a mini dissertation which should be completed within a year.

Career Opportunities

Interpreting, creative writing and book reviewing, broadcasting, translating, editing, proofreading, terminology development, language experts, teaching, research, curriculum advising, media, communication, language advisory, editing, texts production

Masters and doctoral qualifications’ admission requirements

Master of Arts in English Language Teaching

Prerequisites

An Honours degree in English  or equivalent with an average of pass of 65% from the University of Venda or an institution recognised by this Department. Candidates’ application should be accompanied by a concept paper in the area they intend to research on.

Aim

The aim of this programme, which is offered by research only, is to enhance practising teachers and researchers develop insights into in-depth research perspectives applicable to literature or second language learners and learning. It seeks to help these students to develop research arguments and to connect theory and research.

Career opportunities

Teaching, research, curriculum advising, media, communication, language advisory, editing, texts production

Curriculum

Students meet the requirements for this programme through completion of a dissertation on a topic approved by the Department, Faculty and University Higher Degree.

Master of Arts in English Literature

Prerequisites

An Honours degree in English  or equivalent with an average of pass of 65% from the University of Venda or an institution recognised by this Department. Candidates’ application should be accompanied by a concept paper in the area they intend to research on.

Aim

The aim of this programme, which is offered by research only, is to enhance practising teachers and researchers develop insights into in-depth research perspectives applicable to literature or second language learners and learning. It seeks to help these students to develop research arguments and to connect theory and research.

Career opportunities

Teaching, research, curriculum advising, media, communication, language advisory, editing, texts production

Curriculum

Students meet the requirements for this programme through completion of a dissertation on a topic approved by the Department, Faculty and University Higher Degree.

Master of Arts in Linguistics

Prerequisites

An Honours degree in Linguistics/English  or equivalent with an average of pass of 65% from the University of Venda or an institution recognised by this Department. Candidates’ application should be accompanied by a concept paper in the area they intend to research on.

Aim

The aim of this programme, which is offered by research only, is to enhance practising teachers and researchers develop insights into in-depth research perspectives applicable to languages and learning. It seeks to help these students to develop research arguments and to connect theory and research.

Career opportunities

Interpreting, creative writing and book reviewing, broadcasting, translating, editing, proofreading, terminology development, language experts, teaching, research, curriculum advising, media, communication, language advisory, editing, texts production.

 

Curriculum

Students meet the requirements for this programme through completion of a dissertation on a topic approved by the Department, Faculty and University Higher Degree

Master of Arts (Communication and Media studies)

Prerequisites

An Honours degree in Media Studies or equivalent with an average of pass of 65% from the University of Venda or an institution recognised by this Department. Candidates’ application should be accompanied by a concept paper in the area they intend to research on.

Aim

The aim of this programme, which is offered by research only, is to enhance knowledge of media practitioners, practising lecturers and researchers develop insights into in-depth research perspectives applicable to media studies and communication. It seeks to help these students to develop research arguments and to connect theory and research.

Career opportunities

Interpreting, creative writing and book reviewing, broadcasting, translating, editing, proofreading, terminology development, language experts, teaching, research, curriculum advising, media, communication, language advisory, editing, texts production.

 

Curriculum

Students meet the requirements for this programme through completion of a dissertation on a topic approved by the Department, Faculty and University Higher Degree

PhD in English Language

Prerequisites

An M.A. degree in English with an average of pass of 65% from the University of Venda or an institution recognised by the Department.

Aim  

The aim of the doctoral programme is to enable students to demonstrate a critical understanding of theory relating to developments in English Literature or English Language Teaching and to use this understanding to develop new insights through research, and an ability to critically evaluate research and theory.

Career Opportunities

Teaching, research, curriculum advising, media, communication, language advisory, editing, texts production

Curriculum

Students meet the requirements for this programme through completion of a thesis on a topic approved by the Department, Faculty and University Higher Degree.

PhD in Literature

Prerequisites

An M.A. degree in English with an average of pass of 65% from the University of Venda or an institution recognised by the Department.

Aim  

The aim of the doctoral programme is to enable students to demonstrate a critical understanding of theory relating to developments in English Literature or English Language Teaching and to use this understanding to develop new insights through research, and an ability to critically evaluate research and theory.

Career Opportunities

Teaching, research, curriculum advising, media, communication, language advisory, editing, texts production

Curriculum

Students meet the requirements for this programme through completion of a thesis on a topic approved by the Department, Faculty and University Higher Degree.

PhD in Linguistics

Prerequisites

An M.A. degree in Linguistics/ English with an average of pass of 65% from the University of Venda or an institution recognised by the Department.

Aim  

The aim of the doctoral programme is to enable students to demonstrate a critical understanding of theory relating to developments in linguistics and to use this understanding to develop new insights through research, and an ability to critically evaluate research and theory.

Career Opportunities

Teaching, research, curriculum advising, media, communication, language advisory, editing, texts production

Curriculum

Students meet the requirements for this programme through completion of a thesis on a topic approved by the Department, Faculty and University Higher Degree.

Staff profiles

Full names: Dr Matodzi Nancy Lambani
Designation: Senior Lecturer and Head of Department
Qualifications: DTECH (TUT), MA (PU for CHE), BA (Hons) (UNISA), BA (UNIVEN), JSTC (VECO)
Phone: +2715 962 8391
Email: matodzi.lambani@univen.ac.za
Office No: 18, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Prof Ernest Kwesi Klu
Designation: Associate Professor
Qualifications: DEd, MEd (Educational Linguistics) RAU (now UJ), BA (Hons) Linguistics, Ibadan
Phone: +27 15 962 8141
Email: ernest.klu@univen.ac.za
Office no: 20, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Dr. Lindiwe (Pearl Melody) Mulaudzi
Designation: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: BA, B.Ed, UED (Univen), MA (Wits), PhD (Univen) Diploma in Higher Education (Rhodes) PGDIP
Phone: +2715 962 8362
Email: Lindiwe.Mulaudzi@univen.ac.za
Office No: 17, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Dr Mzamani J Maluleke
Designation: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: PhD In English Language Teaching (Univen), Master of Arts and B.A Hons in English at University of Limpopo, B.A (ed) University of Limpopo
Phone: +2715 962 8291
Email: Mzamani.maluleke@univen.ac.za
Office no: 25, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Dr. Isaac Ndlovu
Designation: Senior lecturer
Qualifications: Dip. Ed. (UZ); BA (Hons) (UZ); MA & PhD (Stellenbosch University).
Email: Isaac.ndlovu@univen.ac.za
Phone: +2715 962 8361
Office no: 16, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Dr. Tendai Chari
Designation: Senior Lecturer in Media Studies
Qualifications: PhD (Media Studies) (Wits) MA (Media and Communication Studies) (UZ), BA (English) (UZ), DMCS (UZ)
Phone: +2715 962 8214
Email: tendai.chari@univen.ac.za
Office No: 22, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Dr Memory Mabika
Designation: Senior Lecturer in Media Studies
Qualifications: Cert. DTP (UFH), Cert. Web-designing (UZ), Cert. Comm. & Journalism (CCOSA), Dip Comm. & Journalism (CCOSA), Commonwealth CYP Dip, BA, Media Studies (ZOU), MSSc. Comm. (UFH), PGDip HE Teaching & Learning (Stellenbosch), DSS in Communication (UFH).
Phone: +2715 962 8578
Email: memory.mabika@univen.ac.za
Office no: C7-2, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Dr. Fulufhelo Oscar Makananise
Designation: Senior Lecturer in Media Studies
Qualifications: PhD (Media Studies), MA (Media Studies), BA (Hons) (Media Studies) (UL), BA (Media Studies and English) (Univen), PG(dip)HE (Rhodes University).
Phone: +2715 962 8215
Email: fulufhelo.makananise@univen.ac.za
Office No: 28, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Dr Masindi Francina Sadiki
Designation: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: PhD in African Languages (SUN)
Phone: +2715 962 8588
Email: masindi.sadiki@univen.ac.za
Office no: 32, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Dr. Thifhelimbilu Emmanuel Sikitime
Designation: Lecturer
Qualifications: BAED, BA Hons ELT (Univen), BA Communication Science; Post Graduate Diploma in Telecommunication and Information Policy; Advanced Diploma in Business Communication (UNISA), MA SLS (Stellenbosch) PhD English studies (Univen).
Phone: +2715 962 8288
Email: Emmanuel.sikitime@univen.ac.za
Office No: 30, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Dr Farisani Thomas Nephawe
Designation: Lecturer
Qualifications: Secondary Teachers Diploma (Venda College of Education), Mphil (Stellenbosch), PhD (Univen)
Telephone : +27 15962 8267
Email: farisani.nephawe@univen.ac.za
Office No: 28, Humanities, Social Sciences Building

Full names: Mr. Vincent Tinyiko Bvuma
Designation: Lecturer
Qualifications: BAEd (Unin), MEd (TesI) (Notre Dame, USA)
Phone: +2715 962 8172
Email: Vincent.Bvuma@univen.ac.za
Office No: 19, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Mr Ndishunwani Vincent Demana
Designation: Lecturer
Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA (Univen)
Phone: +2715 962 8363
Email: Vincent.demana@univen.ac.za
Office no: 06, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Mr Freddy Mahori
Designation: Lecturer
Qualifications: BA, BAHons, MA (English Literature) (Univen)
Email: Freddy.mahori@univen.ac.za
Phone: +2715 962 8299
Office no: 23, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Ms. Khutso Eunice Mabokela
Designation: nGAP Lecturer in Media Studies
Qualifications: BA Hon Media Studies (UL), MA Media Studies (UL)
Phone: +2715 982 8420
Email: Khutso.Mabokela@univen.ac.za
Office No: 09, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Dr. Shumani Eric Madima
Designation: Part-time Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
Qualifications: PhD Linguistics, MA Linguistics (Cum Laude) (Univen), BA Hons Applied Linguistics (UP), BA (Unisa), SPTD (TCE)
Email: Eric.Madima@univen.ac.za

Full names: Ms. Hulisani Sannie Mulaudzi
Designation: Part-time Junior Lecturer
Qualifications: CCBEN, BA, (Univen), BA(Hons) (UP)
Phone: +2715 962 8305
Email: hulisani.mulaudzi@univen.ac.za
Office no: 26 Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Mr Ditshego Masete
Designation: part-time junior lecturer
Qualifications: BA (Media Studies), BA(Hons), MA (English Literature, Distinction) (Univen)
Phone: +2715 962 8802
Email: ditshego.masete@univen.ac.za
Office no: 4-7, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Full names: Mr Sitsula Mbulungeni Maxwell
Designation: Part-Time Junior Lecturer
Qualifications: BA (Honours)
Email: maxsitsula@gmail.com
Office No: C 7-4, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

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