Media and Broadcast History

Course Description:

Media and Broadcast History is an overview of the institutional, technological, and social history of media and broadcasting. Starting with media of early civilization, students will study developments and trends throughout history that will culminate with media of the present. This course will reveal the major models of print, radio, television and the Web that have provided the foundation for communication in industry and society. The historical roles of content producers, broadcasters, and government regulators will be explored to provide students with a greater understanding of media today. Lecture: 3 hours


Author: Crowley and Heyer
Text: Communication in History, 6th edition


Sample syllabus - RTF document

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the major stages of the development of the newspaper, especially in the United States of America.
  2. Explain the significant events and people shaping the development of radio, television and The Web in America.
  3. Distinguish among the social, cultural and historical contexts in which radio and television operate in American society.
  4. Identify the main stages of development and evaluate the cultural impact of the film industry.
  5. Discuss and compare/contrast the landmark radio and television programs of the last 50 years.
  6. Explain how contemporary news broadcasting developed and predict how radio's and television's futures may develop.

Course Measurements:

  1. Attendance
  2. Class participation
  3. Chapter tests
  4. Exams (mid-term and final)
  5. Written assignments
  6. Various presentations
  7. Screen and critique project

Content Outline:

  1. The media of early civilization
  2. The tradition of Western literacy
  3. The print revolution
  4. Electricity creates the wired world
  5. Image technologies and the emergence of mass society
  6. Radio
  7. Television
  8. New Media
  9. The internet

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