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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • Origins
    • Genres & formats
    • National Models
    • Where does it come from?
    • New production structures
    • New Paradigm: The Writer's medium
    • New American drama
    • New UK and Australian Drama
    • New Screens
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Printable format materials

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Short Presentation (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Research Report (40%)

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 subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

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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