Communication, History and Society (8128.2)
|Level:||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Arts and Design|
|Discipline:||Discipline of Journalism & Communication Studies|
This unit is no longer offered. Information may be available for Units in the following years:
- Version 1 - Start Date: 01/01/2009 End Date: 31/12/2010
- Version 2 - Start Date: 01/01/2011 End Date: 31/12/2012
This unit explores the way in which societies have evolved in conjunction with advances in communication technology, and consequently addresses communication practices, institutions and technologies in terms of the difference they are making to the social, economic and political worlds in which we live. The unit introduces students to key concerns and ideas in some major traditions in communication scholarship from North American, European, East Asian and Australian contexts. Lecture content traces the dialectical relationships between communication and social transformation, from the Renaissance, through the Enlightenment, to the present. Stressed throughout the unit are questions to do with how different temporal, spatial and cultural contexts affect the experience, understanding and governance of communication - and vice versa.
1. With the satisfactory completion of this unit, students will have a basic familiarity with the main features of some major communication traditions
2. a basic sense of the relationship between historical and cultural context and communication technology, practice, and experience in selected traditions;
3. a preliminary understanding of how selected developments in communication have been reflected in communication theory and policy development in particular geopolitical settings;
4. a preliminary understanding of how communication has been analysed within particular traditions that over time have become increasingly exposed to globalisation;
5. and a preliminary understanding of the role of communication in modern Australian history
3 hours per week.