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Subject details

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.
    • 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

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

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


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

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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  • Essay (30%)
  • Short Presentation (30%)
  • Research Report (40%)

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