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Histoire de la communication de masse

academic year
The health crisis linked to the spread of Covid-19 constitutes grounds of force majeure constraining the University to adapt the assessment methods for some of the course units; Information on the new terms of these assessments will be provided to students through the usual information channels by April 26, 2021.

Course teacher(s)

Irene DI JORIO (Coordinator)

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content

Through the use of thematic sessions, this course traces the history of mass communication since the nineteenth century including: the study of the historical and media context which, since the advent of the mass society, have fuelled the development of different forms of communication; the analysis of negotiations - between technology and society - which led to the creation of frameworks for the use of the media; the investigation of representations and collective interests on the basis of which the social relevance of the media has been progressively defined since the late nineteenth century, with a particular focus on the theoretical reflection surrounding the power of propaganda.

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

To give students an awareness of the historical forms of communication, with particular attention to the practices of political, military and commercial communication. To provide an analytical framework to help them identify the relationship between communication forms, media, political and social changes.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Lectures ex cathedra and directed readings

References, bibliography, and recommended reading

The bibliography and course materials will be made available on the Virtual University website.

Other information




Method(s) of evaluation

  • written examination

Written Exam