• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Other Information

This course can be counted towards a History, Gender, Sexuality and Culture or American Studies major.

Indicative Assessment

One 3,000 word essay (50%), tutorial participation (10%), and a final examination (40%).

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6121.

Preliminary Reading

Meyrowitz, J, No Sense of Place, Oxford University Press, 1985.
Grossman, L,K, The Electronic Republic, Penguin Books, 1995.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
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