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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

COMM5730M The Cultural History of Promotional Communication

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Alison Cavanagh

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is not approved as an Elective


Students will be enabled to develop
1. A knowledge of how advertising and promotions came to be central to modern communications systems
2. An understanding of the ways in which scholars have approached the core issues raised by the dominance of corporate PR
3. A deepened understanding of the relationship between communications histories and political histories
4. An understanding of UK and US cultural history in the 19th and 20th Centuries
5. A critical understanding of the history of advertising and brand culture
6. An ability to connect historical texts and their cultural and professional contexts of production
7. An understanding of core theoretical perspectives on advertising history

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of key themes in relation to the history and development of commercial and promotional culture
2. Demonstrate an understanding of theories of the promotional society
3. Apply theoretical models in order to inform critical readings of advertising texts
4. Communicate effectively in a range of written forms


The module covers:

British and US political and cultural history in the latter years of the nineteenth century
The growth of consumer culture in the nineteenth century
The rise of modern advertising and modern techniques of product communication
The development of the mass society and techniques of persuasion in the early years of the twentieth century
The development of broadcast advertisements
An overview of the relationship between commercial advertising and state propaganda with respect to World War II
The role of promotional communications in the restructuring of UK and US society post war
The early development of modern advertising industries and cultures between 1960 and the 1980s.
The political and cultural history of the US and the UK postwar.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours280.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Directed study of published materials in preparation for seminar discussions.
Preparation, writing and research for seminar presentations and essays.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via attendance, workshop contributions and via marking of mid-semester assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature Review1 x 2,000-2,500 annotated bibliography30.00
Essay1 x 4,500-5,000 word essay70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/04/2017


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