Television Drama - 2018

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Unit summary

SCA230

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (30%) , Presentation - Short Presentation (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

Introduction to the history, theory and analysis of television drama including the development of format, genres and themes, industry structures and process, with an emphasis on understanding the changing production landscape.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify concepts, themes and methodology in the study of television texts and audiences
  2. appraise themes, concepts and styles in past and present television drama
  3. apply discipline knowledge to analysis of television drama
  4. synthesise national and transnational television theory
  5. develop an understanding of the changing production landscape.
  • Essay (30%)
  • Presentation — Short Presentation (30%)
  • Research Assignment — Research Report (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction
2Origins
3Genres & formats
4National Models
5Where does it come from?
6New production structures
7New Paradigm: The Writer's medium
8New American drama
9New UK and Australian Drama
10New Screens

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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