Historiography of Media


Course Objective

Course objectives:
1) Students become familiar with key developments in the historiography
of media in the 20th and 21st centuries, and learn to see them in a
larger historical and theoretical context.
2) Students will practice the application of their knowledge to new
3) Students will learn to study certain aspects of, and/or perspectives
in, media historiography in greater depth and on the basis of an
independent literature search and review.
4) Students learn how to find and critically analyze, discuss and
compare texts and images.
5) Students will deepen their writing skills: they will practice to
formulate a research question in the field of media historiography, find
and review relevant literature about it, and write a critical essay in
the context of what they have learned during the course.

Course Content

The course builds on Film and Media History (L_AABAMKD202). It offers a
survey of the major trends and debates regarding the historiography of
Film and Media. It raises general questions about historical knowledge
and the representation of history, while focusing more specifically on
writings in/about the history film, television and new media. How have
conceived of the history of media; from what perspectives and through
which methodologies have they legitimated it; and how were they
influenced by adjacent disciplines? How is a cultural or collective
memory constructed through and influenced by the use of media? Which
political issues are inscribed in such use of and views on media?
We will discuss how the way of writing of a particular media history
goes hand in hand with a certain view on the meaning and function of
media. Screenings will be a regular
part of the course.

Teaching Methods

Weekly Lectures (2hrs) & Seminars/screenings (2hrs)

Method of Assessment

- Attendance & In-class presentations in groups and individually (o-v-g)
- Written exam (40% of the final grade)
- Final essay (level 200) (60% of the final grade)
All assignments have to be successfully completed to receive the final
grade, i.e. the grades of essay and exam have to be higher than 5.5, a
“pass” in the final paper does not compensate a “fail” in the exam!

Relation objectives/assessment:
Course objective 1: exam
Course objective 2: presentation, exam, paper
Course objective 3: presentation, paper
Course objective 4: presentation, paper
Course objective 5: paper

Entry Requirements

MKDA students must have their BSA plus Academic English (L_EABAALG102)
And they must have followed:
- 1st year courses Historisch Overzicht MKDA Vroegmodern; Historisch
Overzicht MKDA Modern; Historisch Overzicht MKDA Contemporary
- 2nd year course Film and Media History (L_AABAMKD202).
This is not applicable to exchange and minor students.


Literature will be made available online.

Target Audience

2nd-year BA MKDA; exchange & minor students with demonstrable knowledge
of film and media history.

Additional Information

This course is obligatory in the second year. This course is a
prerequisite for the third year courses of Media track.

Written assignments can be submitted in English or Dutch.

General Information

Course Code L_AABAMKD205
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator S. Scholz MA
Examiner S. Scholz MA
Teaching Staff S. Scholz MA

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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