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.
No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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 completed COM-1034, COM106 or HST210
Assumed Knowledge
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
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.