About this unit
Learn about one of the most influential and important cultural institutions of the modern Western world: the newspaper. This unit looks at Newspapers in History, from the English critical weeklies to the emergence of radical alternatives. It also has a particular focus on newspapers in Australia, from colonial times, to Federation, to the present day.
You will learn about the advent of mass circulation and new forms of journalism in the later 19th century. You will also examine a range of issues facing today’s media landscape, from the commercialisation of the press and its effects on journalism, to the relationship between mainstream and radical media. Other topics include the rise of political opinion and the cultural authority of newspapers.
This online unit is provided by Open Universities Australia and Griffith University. It will help you understand the importance of journalism and newspapers throughout history, and teach you to use newspapers as cultural artefacts in their appropriate historical context.
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To be eligible for this unit, you must have completed level 1 journalism, history or communications.
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:
- Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
This unit is an elective in the following course:
- Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this communications unit, the topics you will study include:
- Intro – providing an historical and analytical frame
- British newspaper from roughly 1880 to the WWI
- Australian press up to the 1970s
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
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