Module Identifier HY33920  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Aled G Jones  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Mutually Exclusive HY33720 and HY33820, HY33020 Single & Joint Honours History students only  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   20 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay: 2 x 1,500 word essays  40%
Semester Assessment Assignment: 1 x 5,000 word project  60%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of knowledge of the social, political and cultural history of British journalism
b) Demonstrate familiarity with comparative perspectives on the history of the press in the regions of Britain, in the metropolis and the provinces
c) Demonstrate an understanding of a range of approaches to the study of historical narratives contained in the communication of news, particularly during the second half of the nineteenth century
d) Read, analyse and reflect critically on primary texts and have an appreciation of the breadth of primary historical evidence contained in newspapers. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities and pitfalls of using newspapers as sources of historical knowledge
e) Develop the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
f) Gather, sift and critically assess both primary and secondary source materials
g) Work both independently and collaboratively and to participate in group discussion
h) Experience using content analysis techniques, and the manipulation of indexes, catalogues and the NEWSPLAN series
i) Acquisition of a competence in the principles of the specialist skills required to read archival material, in both print and manuscript form

Brief description

1. To help students appreciate the range of primary material available in newspapers and periodicals. This should prove of considerable utility in the preparation of Third Year dissertations on any modern subject area.

2. To enable students to understand the legislative, moral and political contexts within which journalism is written, edited and printed.

3. To sensitise students to a variey of registers within the newspaper text, including the semiotics of mastheads, cartoons, advertising illustrations and photographs.


This module is at CQFW Level 6