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 availability
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus
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
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Enrolment restrictions
Not for students who have previously completed COM106, COM226 or COM-1034
Assumed Knowledge
N/A
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.
Syllabus
The 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
Contact
Current Students

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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.

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