History of radio and television

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce the theme of the birth and evolution of the radio-television communication system, viewed in close connection with the economic, social and cultural transformations of the modern age. Along a chronological arc from the end of the 19th century to the 1990s, the Italian case will be analysed through a constant parallel with the European context. Some methodological insights (e.g. what it means to study the media as a system) or themes will be examined. The teaching is fully consistent with the objectives of the Course of Studies, which aims to ensure the acquisition of solid knowledge in the fields of multimedia communication by anchoring them to a strengthening of student's humanistic training.
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims to lead participants in the acquisition of knowledge necessary to analyse the interaction between the development of the radio-television system and the socio-cultural transformations of modern society, in different national contexts and on the global stage. Students will thus be able to acquire the skills necessary to decode the language of radio and television and to place the history of individual mediums within the more general media system.
By the end of the course, the student will also have honed his critical and interpretational skills, thanks to repeated calls to investigate the co-development of the media at the same time through the analysis of documents (in particular audiovisual sources) and the use of different historiographical interpretations.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Based on the provisions received so far, the class will be held remotely, according to a balanced relationship between asynchronous mode (audio lessons) and videoconferencing on Microsoft Teams. As the course is held in the second semester, the provisions may change. Students will find updates and more information in ARIEL. It is recommended to regularly and carefully read all the contents of the platform for the course in History of Radio and Television.
Course syllabus
Parts A and B (40 hours 6 credits): From the age of the radio to the birth of television.

The course will open with some methodological lessons (the study of media as a system, the meaning of public sphere, public opinion, cultural industry). Then it will analyse the birth of radiotelegraphy and radio broadcasting, the institutional history and the programmes of the Italian Radio Broadcasting Union (URI), the passage to EIAR, the use of radio in war contexts (the war in Ethiopia, the war in Spain, the second world war), the transition from Eiar to Rai, the television experiments, and the first regular television broadcasts.

Part C (20 hours 3 cfu): From the Rai of the fifties to the affirmation of the duopoly.

The third teaching unit will analyse the institutional set-up and the schedules of the Rai between the fifties and sixties, the reform of 1975, the post-reform Rai, the birth of private television and the affirmation of the great networks, and the features of "neotelevision".
Prerequisites for admission
It should be remembered that for the students of Humanistic Sciences for Communication (SUC) the exam of Modern history is preparatory to that of History of radio and television. However, an adequate knowledge of modern history is necessary for everyone.
Teaching methods
The course consists of lectures, within which a specific space is regularly dedicated to soliciting comments, observations and questions from the students. To carry out the lessons, the teacher systematically uses images, sound and audiovisual material to analyze formats and contents of the radio and television programs of the different periods taken into consideration. The same teaching methods will be adopted in case of lectures held remotely.
Attendance, although not mandatory, is strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
OR THE STUDENTS WHO ATTENDED THE COURSE

6 CFU (teaching units A and B):

1) Irene Piazzoni, Storia delle televisioni in Italia. Dagli esordi alle web tv, Roma, Carocci, 2014
2) Raffaello A. Doro, L'Italia dalle radio libere ai network nazionali (1970-1990), Roma, Viella, 2017
3) Bruno Bonomo, "Rivoluzione in famiglia"? Televisione e vita domestica nell'Italia del boom, in "Contemporanea. Rivista di storia dell'800 e del '900", n. 1, 2015, ISSN 1127-3070, pp. 3-32 (la rivista è disponibile anche nella biblioteca digitale unimi)

9 CFU (teaching units A, B and C):

1) Irene Piazzoni, Storia delle televisioni in Italia. Dagli esordi alle web tv, Roma, Carocci, 2014
2) Raffaello A. Doro, L'Italia dalle radio libere ai network nazionali (1970-1990), Roma, Viella, 2017
3) Bruno Bonomo, "Rivoluzione in famiglia"? Televisione e vita domestica nell'Italia del boom, in "Contemporanea. Rivista di storia dell'800 e del '900", n. 1, 2015, ISSN 1127-3070, pp. 3-32 (la rivista è disponibile anche nella biblioteca digitale unimi)
4) Giulia Guazzaloca, Una e divisibile. La RAI e i partiti negli anni del monopolio pubblico, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2011



FOR THE STUDENTS WHO DID NOT ATTEND THE COURSE

6 CFU (teaching units A and B):

1) Franco Monteleone, Storia della radio e della televisione. Un secolo di costume, società, politica, Venezia, Marsilio, 2005 (da pag. 1 a pag. 268)
2) Irene Piazzoni, Storia delle televisioni in Italia. Dagli esordi alle web tv, Roma, Carocci, 2014
3) Bruno Bonomo, "Rivoluzione in famiglia"? Televisione e vita domestica nell'Italia del boom, in "Contemporanea. Rivista di storia dell'800 e del '900", n. 1, 2015, ISSN 1127-3070, pp. 3-32 (la rivista è disponibile anche nella biblioteca digitale unimi)
4) Giulia Guazzaloca, Una e divisibile. La RAI e i partiti negli anni del monopolio pubblico, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2011

9 CFU (teaching units A, B and C):

1) Franco Monteleone, Storia della radio e della televisione. Un secolo di costume, società, politica, Venezia, Marsilio, 2005 (da pag. 1 a pag. 268)
2) Irene Piazzoni, Storia delle televisioni in Italia. Dagli esordi alle web tv, Roma, Carocci, 2014
3) Raffaello A. Doro, L'Italia dalle radio libere ai network nazionali (1970-1990), Roma, Viella, 2017
4) Bruno Bonomo, "Rivoluzione in famiglia"? Televisione e vita domestica nell'Italia del boom, in "Contemporanea. Rivista di storia dell'800 e del '900", n. 1, 2015, ISSN 1127-3070, pp. 3-32 (la rivista è disponibile anche nella biblioteca digitale unimi)
5) Giulia Guazzaloca, Una e divisibile. La RAI e i partiti negli anni del monopolio pubblico, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2011
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written: the exam is divided into two parts, one consisting of multiple choice questions and the other of open questions. As a whole, the test is aimed at assessing the degree of preparation of the students throughout the program and assessing the acquisition of knowledge and the logical-argumentative skills acquired by the students. The test will take place in a computer room [or remotely, depending on the provisions due to the Cavid emergency] and students will need to have their unimi e-mail and password. All details relating to the test are available on the Ariel platform, as well as some examples of questions and an explanation of the type of approach they require.
The vote will be expressed in thirtieths.
The incoming Erasmus students will have the opportunity, if they so request, to take the exam in English, according to a program to be agreed with the teacher.
The examination procedures for students with disabilities and / or with DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent Office.
Unita' didattica A
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
WEDNESDAY 3.30 PM - 6.30 PM
Microsoft Teams by appointment