Newspapers in History - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (40%) , Essay 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Learn about the role of the newspaper in the history of modern Western society. You will focus on the emergence of mass circulation and new forms of journalism in the second half of the nineteenth century. The role of the English critical weeklies and more radical alternative newspapers will also be examined. The development of Australian newspapers and their function from colonial times through Federation to the contemporary period will also be a major area of study.

You will explore historical topics and events such as: commercialisation of the press; political opinion; cultural authority; structure and ownership of the press; historical analysis of aspects of newspapers; relationship between mainstream and radical press; journalism as a profession and the effects of commercialisation on journalism.

This unit provides you with an opportunity to explore one of the most important and influential cultural forms of the modern world - the newspaper.

This unit provides you with the knowledge and analytical tools that will enable you to investigate and analyse newspapers as 'texts' in their historical context, and to use newspapers as historical sources.

After successfully completing the units students will have developed a solid knowledge in the following key areas:

  • understanding the history of newspapers
  • understanding the emergence of newspapers as a powerful political, social and cultural platform
  • develop a deeper historical understanding of the modern world
  • develop an understanding of journalism as a profession and its place in the modern world
  • analysing newspapers as a cultural artefact
  • analysing newspapers as a cultural institution.
  • Students will also develop skills in:
  • textual, cultural and historical analysis
  • the application of theoretical concepts and knowledge
  • advanced written expression in academic research essays
  • academic and digital literacy
  • independent learning, including independent research strategies
  • advanced research and investigation skills, including the capacity to explore and organise information from primary sources
  • critical thinking
  • referencing using the appropriate method.
  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

You must complete Level 1 Journalism, History or Communications studies before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Intro - providing an historical & analytical frame
2British newspaper from roughly 1880 to the WWI
3Australian press up to the 1970s

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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