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MFCO409 Advanced Media History


Developments in the history of broadcasting during the past century and the history of other media. Interactions among media institutions, technological developments, cultural identity, and social context. Different approaches to writing media history.

There will be a particular focus on the recent history of media and communication policy in New Zealand.

Paper title Advanced Media History
Paper code MFCO409
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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54 300-level MFCO points
Teaching staff

Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Paul Ramaeker

Paper Structure

We will explore the complex interaction among media institutions, technological developments, cultural identity and social context.


  • Participation in discussions 10%
  • Proposal and annotated bibliography 20%
  • Research essay 35%
  • Journal 20%
  • Presentation 15%
Teaching Arrangements
The paper is delivered through seminars. Students are expected to participate in and lead discussion and take an active part in class sessions as independent learners.

Course reader

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

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Gain an advanced understanding of media history, especially the history of television and radio in different contexts
  • Gain a critical understanding of broadcast policy in New Zealand and place the New Zealand experience in a global context
  • Compare developments in New Zealand with events in other countries
  • Situate historical developments in political, social, economic and cultural contexts
  • Apply academic skills and methods to a major research project and to learn to enhance the significance of a project by engaging scholarly debates and discussions

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system