COM226 Media: History and Society (8)


This subject examines media development from the late nineteenth century to the present. It introduces students to the relevant historical context, analyses evolving relationships between media and society and between different media, and focuses on key issues concerning media ownership and control, organisation, use and operation. It is designed to provide students in visual and performing arts courses with an understanding of the significance of the media in the modern and contemporary world.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM226
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not for students who have completed COM-1034, COM106 or HST210

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to demonstrate an acquaintance with the main developments in media in modern Western societies;
be able to demonstrate the benefit of historical perspective on key issues concerning the media in contemporary society;
be able to demonstrate a familiarity with arguments about the relationship between the media and society;
be able to demonstrate the ability to assess such arguments and form their own conclusions on the basis of reasonable evidence; and
be able to demonstrate skills of expression.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Theories of mass media The Press as a mass medium The film industry and the emergence of mass media The development of radio The rise of advertising Propaganda in peace and war Cold war and communication Television and consumer societies Media, information and entertainment Media, war and international relations New media Globalisation and media


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.