2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
COMM1210 The History of Communication
20 creditsClass Size: 138
Module manager: Chris Anderson
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module is intended to give you an overview of the main themes in the history of communication. It has been designed to provide not only the story of communication and media, but also the context in which systems of communication were developed and used. The module provides the historical foundation to examine the processes and case-studies discussed in other year 1 modules, and should continue to inform your understanding as you progress through your degree.
ObjectivesThis module provides students with a background in the history of the media. It allows them to develop an understanding of the relationship between the media and social change, and to understand specific media texts within appropriate cultural, political and economic contexts. The assessment of the module requires students to link together macro-scale changes with individual textual products. Therefore students are directed to form an understanding of the interconnectedness of texts and contexts essential to making sense of the communications industries and their products. The lectures, by taking a thematic approach, help students to situate changes in context and to make sense out of claims of novelty and continuity.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical forces that have formed and frames the communications industries and their products
2. Carry out analyses of media texts in their historical, social and technological contexts
3. Extract pertinent information from secondary sources and utilise them in a coherent piece of discursive writing
4. Use evidence to support academic arguments relating to the history of communications
This module will explore a variety of historical perspectives on issues including the development of news; the historical antecedents of modern day citizen media; the birth and growth of feminine media spheres; the establishment of commercial culture; the history of radical and alternative media; cultural values, moral regulation and media content; & political change and the media.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||172.00|
|Total Contact hours||28.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyStudents are required to complete background reading for each seminar (est. 10 hours per seminar). The remaining private study time should be dedicated to researching, preparing and writing the essay and annotated bibliography.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored in seminars primarily. The module contains a formative assessment in the form of an annotated bibliography. This will provide an opportunity for students to have meaningful feedback on their selection and understanding of readings in time to inform their final essay.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x 2,500-3,000 word essay||70.00|
|Literature Review||Annotated Bibliography (7 - 10 references; 1,500 - 2,000 words||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Resit: Students are able to resit both components.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 02/05/2019
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