Journalism and Social Change in Historical Perspective

Course Description: 

This is a University-wide Course and it is open to all CEU students.

“Journalism and Social Change in Historical Perspective” will focus on examining how journalism has both shaped key historical events and has itself been shaped by historical forces larger than itself.  We will examine journalism's symbiotic role as both agent and subject of change, and how technological and economic forces have in turns helped and hindered its ability to effect social change.  The course will focus on the modern period, with recent journalism history very much included in this discussion. The geographic focus will be on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, but we will also draw on the examples from the U.S. and use the U.S. experience as a counterpoint. It is university-wide 2-credit elective interdisciplinary course on journalism and social change, led by the History Department and the School of Public Policy (SPP).  The course is open to CEU students from all departments.  The course will be co-taught by Dean Starkman of the SPP and Constantin Iordache of History.

Learning Outcomes: 

Students will have the ability to:

  1. Formulate a definition of “journalism” and “journalist” and describe how those definitions have varied over time and geographical context.
  2. Assess and distinguish journalism’s role in social change among various other elements or drivers of change, including government regulatory, legislative bodies, law enforcement bodies, and outside forces such as activists and political and social movements.
  3. Explain the impact of new technology on the form and content of journalism
  1. Attendance: Mandatory attendance (students and miss 2 lectures without explanation)
  2. Posting questions/responses to public forum – 20%
  3. Final paper: 2200 words argumentative essay based on one of the essay questions provided.