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History of Communication

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:4.00
Study Course Accepted:26.10.2020
Study Course Information
Course Code:KSK_131LQF level:Level 6
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Communication Sciences; Communication TheoryTarget Audience:Communication Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Ivans Jānis Mihailovs
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Faculty of Communication
The Head of Structural Unit:Anda Rožukalne
Contacts:Riga, 16 Dzirciema Street, kfkoatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67409183
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)7Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures14
Classes (count)5Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes10
Total Contact Hours24
Part-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)5Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures10
Classes (count)3Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes6
Total Contact Hours16
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
None.
Objective:
To give an insight into the history of communication as a process, paying special attention to historical development of Latvian communication. The course reviews the emergence and development of different types of communication, characterises historical aspects of functioning of Latvian media, provides an overview of preconditions for the establishment of the Latvian media system, sketches media development prospects at the beginning of the 21st century.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Concept, subject and study of the history of communication. Types of communication and their history. Role of technologies in the development of types of communication. Interaction with policy and economy.Lectures2.00auditorium
2Communication in the pre-mass age. Oral communication and acoustic space. Forum. Introduction of a writing system. Invention of printing. Gutenberg Galaxy.Lectures1.00auditorium
3Mass communication: concept, origins and development. Role of mass communication in establishment of a nation. Communication and entertainment. New media and traditional media. Concept and peculiarities.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Telegraph, telephone, telefax, television. Telecommunication – technologies, theories and development trends.Classes2.00auditorium
5Latvian journalism until 1914.Lectures1.00auditorium
6Press of the Republic of Latvia in 1918 – 1940. LETA. Radio.Classes1.00auditorium
7Latvian journalism during occupation in 1940 – 1990. Radio. TV. Censorship.Lectures2.00auditorium
8Latvian media after restoration of independence and at the beginning of the 21st century.Classes2.00auditorium
Topic Layout (Part-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Concept, subject and study of the history of communication. Types of communication and their history. Role of technologies in the development of types of communication. Interaction with policy and economy.Lectures1.00auditorium
2Communication in the pre-mass age. Oral communication and acoustic space. Forum. Introduction of a writing system. Invention of printing. Gutenberg Galaxy.Lectures1.00auditorium
3Mass communication: concept, origins and development. Role of mass communication in establishment of a nation. Communication and entertainment. New media and traditional media. Concept and peculiarities.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Telegraph, telephone, telefax, television. Telecommunication – technologies, theories and development trends.Classes1.00auditorium
5Latvian journalism until 1914.Lectures1.00auditorium
6Press of the Republic of Latvia in 1918 – 1940. LETA. Radio.Classes1.00auditorium
7Latvian journalism during occupation in 1940 – 1990. Radio. TV. Censorship.Lectures1.00auditorium
8Latvian media after restoration of independence and at the beginning of the 21st century.Classes1.00auditorium
Assessment
Unaided Work:
Report topics, when choosing it is necessary to specify: 1) History of the selected Latvian media. 2) Specifics, context of, personalities in development of the Latvian media system. 3) Development of some type of media (press, radio, television, telegraph, etc.) in the world in the defined time period. 4) Development prospects of some type of media.
Assessment Criteria:
30% – participation in seminars; 30% – report; 40% – examination.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):Exam (Written)
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Students analyse regularities in the development of communication.
Skills:Students work with literature on the history of communication, use approaches of the history of communication in their research.
Competencies:Students are aware of the sequence of stages in the development of communication when analysing modern communication phenomena.
Bibliography
No.Reference
Required Reading
1Braman S. Tehnology // The SAGE Handbook of Media Studies.(eds. Downing J., MacQuail D., Schlesinger, P., Wartella, E.). – London: SAGE, 2004. – pp.123 – 144.
2Foulger D. The Processes of Media Invention and Evolution.// http://evolutionarymedia.com/papers/hammerAsMedium.htm
3Kittler F. The History of Communication Media. // http://www.hydra.umn.edu/kittler/comms.html
4Fang Irving. A History of Mass Communication Six Information Revolutions. – Focal Press, 1997.
5McLuhan, H. M. & Powers B. The Global Village. – New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. – pp.35. – 56.
6Velšs, V. Estētikas robežceļi. – Rīga: Laikmetīgās mākslas centrs, 2005. – 258. – 287.lpp.
7Manovičs Ļ. Jauno mediju valoda. – Rīga: RIXC, 2006. – 57. – 96.lpp.
8Hilmes M. Broadcasting, Cable and Satellites.// The SAGE Handbook of Media Studies.(eds. Downing J., MacQuail D., Schlesinger, P., Wartella, E.). – London: SAGE, 2004. – pp. 477. – 493.
9Manowitch L. The Language of New Media. – Cambridge, London: MIT Press., 2001. – pp.161. – 169.
10Latvijas Republikas prese 1918 – 1940 / R.Treija red. – Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1996.
11Grigulis A., Treijs R. Latviešu žurnālistikas vēsture no pirmsākumiem līdz Pirmajam pasaules karam. – Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1992. – 10. – 15.lpp.
12Prese // Latvija 19.gadsimtā: vēstures apceres. – Rīga: Latvijas vēstures institūta apgāds, 2000. – 357. – 374.lpp.
13Prese // 20.gadsimta Latvijas vēsture I. Latvija no gadsimta sākuma līdz neatkarības pasludināšanai 1900 – 1918. – Rīga: Latvijas vēstures institūta apgāds, 2000.
14Towards a Civic Society. The Baltic Media’s Long Road to Freedom. Perspectives on History, Ethnicity and Journalism. – Tartu: Greif, 1993. – 163 – 174, 177 – 208, 211 – 220.pp.
15Brikše I. Latvijas mediji: izaicinājumi, ieguvumi un draudi (1987 – 2002) // Sociālekonomiskā procesa trajektorija Latvijā laikā no 1985. līdz 2002.gadam. Kur tā ved Latviju. – Ventspils: Ventspils augstskola, 2002. – 294. – 306.lpp.
16Dimants A. Latvijas masu mediju nākotne paplašinātajā Eiropā // Latvija Eiropā: nākotnes vīzijas. – Rīga: LZA Baltijas stratēģisko pētījumu centrs, 2004. – 295. – 311.lpp.
17Kruks S., Šulmane I. Plašsaziņas līdzekļi demokrātiskajā sabiedrībā // Cik demokrātiska ir Latvija: demokrātijas audits. – Rīga: LU, 2005. – 139. – 151.lpp.
18Brikše I., Skudra O., Tjarve R. Development of the Media in Latvia in the 1990s // Baltic Media in Transition. – Tartu: Tartu University Press, 2002. – 67 – 75, 77 – 102pp.
19Hanovs D. Mazākumtautību preses loma starpetniskajā dialoga Latvijā // Izglītības, dialoga un līdzdalības loma sabiedrības integrācijas procesa veicināšanā 2. – Rīga: Politiskās izglītības iniciatīva, 2005. – 26. – 38.lpp.
Additional Reading
1Veinberga S. Mediju misija. Preses attīstības tendences Latvijā pēc valsts neatkarības atjaunošanas (1990 – 2010). – Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2010. – 5. – 125., 148. – 151., 208. – 221.lpp.