This course provides students with an introduction to the development of selected modern mass media, including the popular press, telegraph, radio, and television, in the United States. It looks first at some explanations of the role of modern media in society and then explores the ways in which each succeeding communication medium has confirmed or confronted the received culture of the United States. The course will conclude with an examination of the impact, both present and future, of the networked computer upon the politics and popular culture of the United States.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
After successful completion of this course, students should:
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the development of the most significant forms of the modern media, with particular reference to the telegraph, the telephone, radio, TV and the networked computer;
- Have an appreciation of the ways in which economic, social, and cultural factors affected the development of the modern media in the United States;
- Continue to develop strong research, writing and analytical skills
- Be able to critically reflect upon the insights provided by combining knowledge of the various media and the ways in which the development of those media was effected by that of their predecessors,
- Understand and demonstrate the significance of the subject matter for the development of the modern United States.
This course can be counted towards a History, Gender, Sexuality and Culture or American Studies major.
One 3,000 word essay (50%), tutorial participation (10%), and a final examination (40%).
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One ninety minute lecture and one tutorial per week. Lectures will be streamed.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Meyrowitz, J, No Sense of Place, Oxford University Press, 1985.
Grossman, L,K, The Electronic Republic, Penguin Books, 1995.
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9967||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|