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.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Not for students who have previously completed COM106, COM226 or COM-1034
- 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
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).
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.