News, Media and Communication (HIH3617)

30 credits

In today’s world, news is everywhere: news communicated by the press, by other media bodies, and increasingly by anyone who wants to share something with the world via Facebook or Twitter. In this module, students will examine how different societies transmit and receive information.  The relationship between oral, visual, and written modes of communication, and the impact of technological advances upon news and the media will be examined, as will debates about the role of the media within societies.  What was the relationship between news, media, and state power; and between money, power, and the press?  How did the media influence the conduct of war?  What impact did the invention of printing, or of television, have on the communication of news, and how did the new technologies interact with social and cultural assumptions to shape what was considered to be ‘news’?