Syllabus for Journalism & Media Studies Courses: History of Nigerian Media (CMS 103)

With the unbundling of Mass Communication programme in Nigeria, the face of communication education in the country has changed. The programme has transited into a full college/faculty while individual courses have adapted to the change. While several new courses now exist in the seven new departments, some of the courses you used to know before have also taken a new shape. We have done a thorough research on what these courses offer in universities across the world; and we have provided prototype syllabus for students to study ahead. This is also to assist lecturers who might be facing new challenges with several new courses to have an idea of what the syllabus of each course offers.

COURSE COMPACT

Faculty: Communication and Media Studies                                           

Department: Journalism & Media Studies

Course Code: CMS103                                           Unit(s): 2                      Semester: First

Course Title: History of Nigerian Media

Lecturer:                                          Programme: B.Sc.

 

 (A). BRIEF OVERVIEW OF COURSE

This course is designed to discuss the major trends in the development of the communication and media in Nigeria. It further examines the contributions of the media to the political, religious, economic and social development in Nigeria at various points in history. It explains the evolution of the Nigerian media, contributions of early newspapers in nationalist struggles, the media in the colonial and post colonial era, including contemporary media in Nigeria.

 (B). COURSE OBJECTIVES/GOALS

By the end of this course, students will have learned:

  1. Contributions of missionaries to Nigerian press history
  2. Evolution of the media in Nigeria
  3. The media in the colonial era
  4. The media in the post colonial era
  5. The media in the era of military regimes
  6. The history of print and broadcast media in Nigeria
  7. Contemporary media in Nigeria (the new media era)

 (C). METHOD OF LECTURE DELIVERY

  1. Lectures
  2. Quizzes
  3. Assignments
  4. Practical Classroom Sessions

(D). Grading Scale

Grade                                    Requirement

A                                            70 – 100

B                                            60 – 69

C                                            50 – 59

D                                            40 – 49

F                                             Below 40

(E). COURSE OUTLINE

1. Introduction

Overview of Nigerian Media (landscape)

2. Media Evolution in Nigeria

(From the print to broadcast media; missionaries and Nigerian press history)

3. Nationalism and Nigerian press history

(Zik and the West African Pilot; various nationalists and their newspapers)

4. Local Language newspapers and Nigerian media history

5. Colonial Newspapers

6. Post Independence Media in Nigeria

7. Nigerian media under Military Regimes

8. Evolution of Radio/TV Broadcasting in Nigeria

9. Contemporary Media in Nigeria (the new media era)

10. Class activities/Assignments

 

(F). IMPORTANT LINKS

Click on the following links to read articles;

Aimufu, E. (2007). Press and National Integration: Analysis of the Role of the Nigerian Press in the Promotion of Nigerian National Identity

Top 10 Local language newspapers in Nigeria

 Omoloso, A.I & Abdulrauf-Salau, A. (2014). Indigenous Language Newspapers in Nigeria from 1914-2013: A Review,

Aro, O.I. (2011). Nigerian Press: The Journey So Far.

 

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The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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