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.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HST210 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Media analysis task

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.