Module Identifier HY37730  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Sian Nicholas  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours Use of video required  
Assessment Exam   3 Hours   60%  
  Essay   2 essays (1 x 4,000 words, 1 x 2,500 words)   40%  
  Resit assessment   3 hr examination plus any missing written work    

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.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will have command over a body of historical knowledge in the field of modern British cultural, social and political history. They will demonstrate an understanding of a variety of historical approaches to media history, including the technical operation of the mass media, its social and political role, and the media/audience relationship in theory and in practice. They will be able to read, analyse and reflect critically on historical texts, develop and sustain historical arguments, and evaluate various kinds of historical evidence, including media output as an historical source. They will have an ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions. They should also be able to apply a media-aware perspective to other courses/disciplines they study.

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