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CU2033 - Communication Revolutions

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

This subject surveys the history of communication and information technologies from the ancient era of world history to the present day. Topics to be explored include information creation; management and transmission in the ancient and medieval world; the origins and cultural meanings of print in early modern Europe; authorship, book consumption and political change in the eighteenth century; western information technologies in nineteenth-century colonial contexts; the evolution of the popular press; the social uses of telegraphy; radio broadcasting; the early history of television; and the social history of the computer.

Learning Outcomes

  • an appropriate understanding the history of communication, particularly in Western technological societies;
  • a fair understanding of the relation of change in the sphere of communication to change in society at large;
  • an appreciation of the relation of communication to political power.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
CU2013 CU3033 HI2013 HI3013


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 11 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (40%).

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