Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Media and Society in 20th Century Britain
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 1 hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1 hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Semester Assessment - 2 x 2,500 word essays  2 x 2,500 word essays  50%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Semester Examination - 3hr examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment  Submit any missing or written work  50%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Supplementary Examination - 3 hr closed exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a substantial body of historical knowledge in the field of modern British political, social and cultural development.
b) Engage in source criticism, discussion and understanding of press, film and broadcast sources as historical evidence.
c) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of historical techniques relevant to the study of media history.
d) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts, in particular key items of contemporary press coverage, popular newsreel and feature films, and broadcasting.
f) Explore the relationships between history and other disciplines, particularly media studies.
g) Develop the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
h) Develop oral (not assessed) and written skills which will have been improved through seminar discussions and essays
i) Work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed).

Brief description

Introduction to history of mass media (press, cinema, broadcasting) in twentieth century Britain through a chronological and thematic exploration of the media themselves (structure, technology, character); the relationship between media and audience; role of media as both mirror of and influence on twentieth century British social and cultural development; function of media in projecting national identity; relationship between state, media and electorate throughout the century.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Andrew Crisell An Introduction History of British Broadcasting Primo search James Curran and Jean Seaton Power Without Responsibility : the press and broadcasting in Britain Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6