Television Studies - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit investigates 'Television' as a global medium and explores theoretical viewpoints on the nature of the medium and how it is studied. It provides an historical overview, contextualising television's development as technology and cultural form in the broadcast and post-broadcast era. The unit examines the relationship between government policy, industry practice and aesthetic outcome and analyses a selection of television programs, formats and modes of address.

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

  1. better understand television within cultural, historical, economic and aesthetic contexts
  2. claim familiarity with key critical and theoretical arguments and debates related to television and media in general
  3. read, discuss, critique and apply theoretical concepts.
  4. claim an improved ability to undertake close analyses of different types of media texts.
  5. analyse written arguments and visual text, think more critically; speak and write more clearly.

The intended learning outcomes are:

  1. Analytical skills: To assess and evaluate critically arguments concerning the relationship between television texts and wider social, cultural, industrial and technical issues.
  2. Historical knowledge: To gain further knowledge of significant figures, institutions and key developments in television history.
  3. Critical enquiry: To achieve a basic grasp of some important critical, historical and theoretical approaches to television. 
  4. Critical thinking: To acquire practice in forming independent judgements based on properly evaluated sources.
  5. Communication skills: To articulate in writing a range of issues with precision and fluency.
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (50%)
  • Exercises (20%)

Completion of Level 1 units.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to television studies
2Production: technology and convergence
3Policy: broadcast and post broadcast television
4Programs: texts, formats and style

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

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

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Television History Book

    By:Michele Hilmes & Jason Jacobs

    ISBN: 9780851709888


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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