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This subject seeks, through research and investigation, to encourage students to reflect on how journalism has developed and changed over time, in order to gain a critically informed perspective on its present and possible futures. Students will reflect on the question of what drives journalism history, and different perspectives that have been provided on this question, in work that has focused on the contribution of sociopolitical, economic and technological change to shaping and transforming journalism. This is addressed through engagement with key areas of research and debate surrounding journalism history, as well as a consideration of different traditions and histories of journalism in different social and political cultures. Such work provides a resource for critically informed consideration of how history has shaped the present landscape of journalism and challenges facing the field. It also supports informed engagement with the problem of how such challenges might be addressed, and journalism's possible future(s).
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an informed understanding of relevant research that has investigated journalism history;
- demonstrate an understanding of different arguments and positions regarding the forces that shape journalism, and how these inform different perspectives on its past, present and future; and
- demonstrate a capacity to draw on existing arguments and evidence to develop their own critical arguments and make informed contributions to debates regarding processes of change in journalism.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- the capacity to critically reflect on the relations between social structures and practices;
- the capacity to conduct research and apply knowledge to develop informed critical arguments;
- the capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written communication; and
- the capacity to design, conduct and report original research.
Last updated: 18 December 2020