Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 hour Lecture/Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay on an aspect of the historiography of broadcasting - 2,500 words  40%
Semester Assessment Essay on topic covered on course - 4,000 words  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

To develop understanding of the history of broadcasting in the United Kingdom in relation to wider processes of social and cultural change.

To develop understanding of the historiography of broadcasting, its evolution of the key problems currently addressed by historians in this field.

To develop understanding of the key primary sources used to work on history of broadcasting in the UK.


Possible topics include:

1. Introduction to the course, aims, methods and assessment.
2. Change in the UK society since the 1920s - some key themes.
3. The historiography of broadcasting history.
4. Sources and methods on broadcasting in the UK.
5. The origins of broadcasting in the UK.
6. The age of radio.
7a. Televison and society
7b. The BBC and social change after 1945.
8. Broadcasting and society in the 1960s and 1970s.
9. The politics of broadcasting and broadcasting politics.
10. Commerce, culture and broadcasting - the shifting sands of debate.

Brief description

This module will situate broadcasting within the wider context of change in UK society since the 1920s. It will then touch on some key issues in the historiography of the field, in particular the problems posed by the fact that much broadcasting history has been 'liberal' in its orientation, institutional in its focus, and rarely concerned with linking broadcasting history to wider social processes. The course will the focus on key moments in the development of broadcasting history, looking at both the interpretations that dominate the field, how they were arrived at, and the problems associated with the sources on which such accounts are based.


This module is at CQFW Level 7