Propaganda: A History of Media and Politics

HIS20003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 3 Hours per Week

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

Last withdraw without fail:
18 Sep 20


50 Credit Points



Aims and objectives

This unit of study examines the history of media and politics. With a primary emphasis on the ways that governments impede, censor or manipulate the news media, students are encouraged to consider how propaganda becomes news, through the framing and manipulation of information. An examination of these processes in an historical context enables students to gain an understanding of the tenuous nature of freedom of information and the complexities of mediated democracies.
After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:
1. Understand the competing paradigms about mass media, politics, public opinion and propaganda
2. Illustrate patterns of bias in the media and the relationship between media bias and propaganda
3. Demonstrate how mass media organisations influence the political process
4. Evaluate manipulation of news content by governments and media
5. Construct an informed, critical appraisal of the role of the media and propaganda in democratic societies