Newspapers in History

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
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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.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this unit, you must have completed level 1 journalism, history or communications.

Areas of study

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

Course pathways

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.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will give you a comprehensive understanding of the role of newspapers and journalism throughout history. It is designed for students wishing to develop skills in textual, cultural and historical analysis; research and investigation; academic writing; and critical thinking, with a particular emphasis on the media.

Upon completion of this unit, you will understand the emergence of newspapers as a powerful political, cultural and social platform. You will also develop the knowledge and analytic tools necessary to use newspapers as primary sources in their proper historical context.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Newspapers in History from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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