Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Media in the 1950s
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Essay  (2500 words)  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Written Essay  (2500 word)  Students must take elements of assessments equivalent to those that lead to failure of the module  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessments equivalent to those that lead to failure of the module  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate a substantive knowledge of developments in the media in the UK in the 1950s.

Critically engage with debates about historical change and the media in the 1950s.

Understand and use, in a critical fashion, primary sources for the history of the media in the 1950s.

Write coherent, clear, properly referenced work.

Brief description

This module is designed to provide:
(a) a brief overview of developments in the mass media in the period of rapid change occasioned by the arrival of mass television, and the relative decline of radio and the national press;
(b) an opportunity to explore the notion of ‘entangled media history’ in terms of transnational and transmedia history;
(b) the opportunity to focus on the development of specific media (press and TV) in some depth;
(c) the opportunity to work with and critique primary sources in the area; and
(d) the opportunity to engage with the historiography of the subject. It will examine the media in relation to wider social and cultural changes. Each of the case studies will focus on a particular issue or programme or film which exemplifies key issues


​1. Britain and Europe in the post-war period.
2. The newspaper press in the 1950s.
3. Case Study: the newspaper press.
4. Cinema in the 1950s
5. Case Study: cinema.
6. Radio in the 1950s.
7. Case Study: radio.
8. Television in the 1950s.
9. Case Study: Television.
​10. Summary and examination preparation.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication ot developed specifically in this module.
Improving own Learning and Performance Developed through a critical engagement with the historical processes being studied.
Information Technology This will be developed through the use of electronic information sources used for research purposes in relation to the written assignment
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be encouraged to develop a sense of the real world through the demonstration of historical relevance. They will also engage with the real world through the assessment methods. There will be a requirement for students to reflect on their own learning through the formative feedback
Problem solving This will be developed within seminar discussions and will be assessed through the essay and examination
Research skills Developed through reading and in seminar discussions and assessed in both the written assignment and examination.
Subject Specific Skills This module will develop and assess specific historical and historiographical skills in relation to the history of the media in the 1950s
Team work There is no group work involved in this module and this skill is not developed beyond participation in seminar discussions.


This module is at CQFW Level 6