Media History

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Media History

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Media and Journalism, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 MFCO or COMS points

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A survey of the major developments in media history. Explores the complex interaction among media institutions, technological developments, cultural identity, and social context.
    This paper provides an introductory survey of media history. The main focus of the paper is the history of electronic media during the past century. The main goal is to gain a deeper historical understanding of the complex interaction among media institutions, technological developments, cultural identity, and social context.

    Course Structure
    Major issues we will consider include:
    -The role of different media in the formation of national identity
    -The relationship between new communication technologies and social change
    -The historical tension between utopian and dystopian views of media power

    -Essay One 25%
    -Essay Two 15%
    -Essay Three 40%
    -Exam 20%

    Learning Outcomes
    -Demonstrate understanding of the main developments in media history, especially the history of electronic media during the last century
    -Apply different approaches to studying media history and engage with scholarly debates and discussions
    -Have knowledge of media practices and institutions in specific historical contexts
    -Apply academic skills and methods to a research project

    Course reader

    Individual readings may be downloaded from the Blackboard page for the paper.

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