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A survey of the major developments in media history. Explores the complex interaction among media institutions, technological developments, cultural identity, and social context.

The main focus of the paper is the history of electronic media during the past century.

Paper title Media History
Paper code MFCO203
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 COMS or MFCO points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with COMS206 passed in 2006-2008.
Teaching staff

To be advised when paper next offered.

Paper Structure
Major issues we will consider include:
  • The role of different media in the formation of national identity
  • The relationship between new communication technologies and social change
  • The historical tension between utopian and dystopian views of media power
  • Essay One 20%
  • Essay Two 35%
  • Tutorial participation 10%
  • Tutorial presentation 10%
  • Final Exam 25%
Teaching Arrangements

Two lectures per week and ten tutorials during semester.


A Course Reader will be available and individual readings for the paper may be downloaded from Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the main developments in media history, especially the history of electronic media during the last century
  • Apply different approaches to studying media history and engage with scholarly debates and discussions
  • Have knowledge of media practices and institutions in specific historical contexts
  • Apply academic skills and methods to a research project

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system