HST210 Media and Society in the Twentieth Century (8)

This subject analyses the significance of the media in the modern and contemporary world, examining developments from c.1870 to the present. Topics include the rise of the mass press and film, radio and television industries, the use of communication media for economic and political persuasion through advertising and propaganda, interrelationships of the media, the military and society during war, the rise of the internet, and the impact of globalisation on the media. Against current widely held perceptions of the power of the media in the twenty-first century, this subject provides an opportunity for students to develop an historical perspective on the media as key institutions of contemporary societies.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HST210. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not for students who have previously completed COM106, COM226 or COM-1034

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the development of modern and contemporary media within their historical and social contexts;
  • be able to demonstrate a familiarity with various debates concerning the role of media in politics and society;
  • be able to demonstrate skills of critical thinking and of expression.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The Press as a mass medium - The development of the film industry - The growth of radio broadcasting - 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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.