SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE MEDIA

SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE MEDIA

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Code
90661
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 8752 Communication science (L-20) SAVONA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-STO/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
SAVONA (Communication science)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The classes aim at offering a basic knowledge of the history of both mass media and the latter's role and influence in society, with special reference to the contemporary era.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims at providing knowledge and interpretative tools on the role played by the mass communication media in the dynamic of social history.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The classes aim at offering a basic knowledge of the history of mass media and at outlining the latter's contribution to reshape society, with special reference to the contemporary era. As a result, the lessons will enable students to become acquainted with the most relevant historical stages in the growth of mass media, to define their role and the major influences in society, mainly in the last couple of centuries, to develop an adequate understanding of these issues, to acquire the specific tools so as to elaborate critical and substantiated assessments about such social dynamics and phenomena, and to express their appraisals by resorting to the proper lexicon of the discipline.

PREREQUISITES

None. A basic knowledge of contemporary history is desirable but not compulsory.

 

Teaching methods

Frontal teaching, for as many as 36 hours, with the support of audio-visual equipment.

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Mass media have largely shaped contemporary society starting with the propagation of news by means of the periodic press and the telegraph as well as with the resort to photography during the Nineteenth century. These phenomena gained momentum in the Twentieth century, first with the development of the motion picture and the evolution of radio in the interwar years and then following the spread of television in the postwar decades. They eventually reached a climax thanks to the new tools related to communication via the Internet at the dawn of the Third millennium. At the same time, the culture of images has progressively prevailed on that of the written word, while mass media have often fallen easy preys to attempts at propagandistic and advertising exploitation under not only totalitarian governments but also democracies. Classes intend to address such issues, paying attention not only to the case of Italy but also to the British and U.S. experiences for comparison purposes. Special regard will be given to mass media as tools to mobilize people politically and to create consensus under totalitarian regimes in the interwar years as well as to the more recent problems of media legitimacy and the spread of fake news.

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

ONLY FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS:

- Lyn Gorman e David McLean, Media e società nel mondo contemporaneo, II edizione, Bologna, il Mulino, 2011, ISBN 978-88-15-232519;

- Damiano Garofalo, Storia sociale della televisione in Italia, 1954-1969, Venezia, Marsilio, 2018, ISBN 978-88-317-2911-6;

- All the materials uploaded to Aulaweb.

FOR NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS:

- Lyn Gorman e David McLean, Media e società nel mondo contemporaneo, II edizione, Bologna, il Mulino, 2011, ISBN 978-88-15-232519;

- Damiano Garofalo, Storia sociale della televisione in Italia, 1954-1969, Venezia, Marsilio, 2018, ISBN 978-88-317-2911-6;

- Enrico De Angelis, Guerra e mass media, Roma, Carocci, 2007, ISBN 978-88-43039166.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: The teacher receives by appointment at DISFOR, Corso Podestà, 2 - office: 4C3. E-mail: carlo.stiaccini@unige.it

Exam Board

CARLO STIACCINI (President)

FABIO CAFFARENA

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Frontal teaching, for as many as 36 hours, with the support of audio-visual equipment.

 

LESSONS START

17 February 2020.

 

ORARI

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile su EasyAcademy.

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EXAMS

Exam description

For both students attending classes and students who do not plan to attend classes: oral exam and non-mandatory written test, both rigorously individual and without any aid (except for students who are entitled to such support as, for instance, conceptual diagrams on the basis of specific prescription). Students will have the opportunity to take a written test on the topics examined during classes, if they want to. The non-mandatory written test will be scheduled between the end of the classes and the date of the first oral exam session. Students taking the non-mandatory written test will have the opportunity to supplement its outcome by means of an oral exam during the scheduled oral exam sessions. The outcome of the non-mandatory written test will be valid until the last exam session of the academic year 2019-2020. The oral exam will be on the whole contents of the readings listed in the “recommended reading/bibliography” section.

Assessment methods

Oral exam and non-mandatory written test, both rigorously individual and without any aid (except for students who are entitled to such support as, for instance, conceptual diagrams on the basis of specific prescription). The non-mandatory written test is for students attending classes only. The questions – for both the non-mandatory written test and the oral exam – will aim at assessing students’ familiarity with the history, development, and multifaceted social influences of mass media, with special reference to the contemporary era. Questions will also assess the understanding of the interpretative categories used to reconstruct the historical phenomena related to the spread of mass media, the knowledge of the possible periodizations of the history of mass media, and the ability to resort to the specific lexicon of the discipline. Clarity in expressing one’s ideas and arguments will be a further element of evaluation. The final grade will result from the combination of the assessment of all these factors.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
07/09/2020 08:00 SAVONA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students attending at least 65 percent of frontal-teaching classes will be regarded as “studenti frequentanti”. Attendance will be noted at the beginning of each class.