|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 1,000 word short essay||20%|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 4,000 word project||80%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 1,000 word supplementary (resit) short essay||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 4,000 word supplementary (resit) project||80%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political and cultural history of British journalism.
Demonstrate an understanding of a range of approaches to the study of modern British journalism.
Demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and limitations of newspapers as historical sources.
Construct cogent historical arguments relating to the social, political and cultural history of British journalism .
The module will introduce students to the wide range of historical evidence available in newspapers and periodicals, which will be helpful in the preparation of Third Year dissertations in any modern subject area. At the same time, it will help students to understand the legislative, moral and political contexts in which journalism was written, edited, printed and distributed in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Much of the module will focus on the ways in which news was gathered, nationally and internationally, how it was presented to a growing readership, and what effects it might have had on the social and political behaviour of readers and the wider society.
2. The Victorian press, c.1830-1896
3. W.T. Stead, sensationalism and 'Government by Journalism'
4. Patriotism, the press, and the First World War
5. How to 'read' a newspaper: content analysis and qualitative methodology (includes project discussion)
6. 'Power without responsibility'? The inter-war press and British politics
7. 'Newspapers for the masses': The inter-war press and British society
8. The British press and the Second World War
9. History and journalism: journalists' memoirs as historical sources
10. Historians and the British press today
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||N/A|
|Communication||Oral and written communication skills will be developed through seminars and feedback on written work. These skills will be assessed through assignments.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Written work will be returned in tutorials where advice will be given regarding the improvement of research and techniques and essay writing skills|
|Information Technology||Through the retrieval of primary and secondary works from online resources and AberLearn Blackboard and through the writing, formatting and printing of essays.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||This module will develop oral and written skills. It will also prepare students for careers which involve the research, critical analysis and presentation of material relevant to a particular problem or set of problems|
|Problem solving||Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area, and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays.|
|Research skills||Students will be required to carry out research for seminars and written work.|
|Subject Specific Skills||This module will require students to analyse in detail newspapers sources, and to appreciate their value to the historian’s craft.|
|Team work||Through seminar activities, including seminar leading with another student.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5