Subject details

This subject serves both the general function of enhancing your understanding of how texts and textual systems work and introduces students to the key concepts and theories used in the analysis of the visual media and cultural forms.

  • Topics

    • Introduction to semiotics and discourse analysis
    • Concepts of narrative and genre
    • Television Genres
    • Historical research and considerations of television
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Quizzes

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Please note:  This subject was previously known as Text and Culture.

This subject presents you with methods for analysing and critically evaluating cultural texts. Block One provides an introduction to semiotics and discourse analysis with emphasis on advertising and visual texts. Block Two introduces you to the concepts of narrative and genre with examples drawn from television texts, while Block Three focuses on television genres. Block 4 explores research methods for the historical research of television texts. This subject will enhance your understanding of how texts and textual systems work while also introducing you to concepts and theories used in the analysis of the media texts and discourse.

This subject is part of the Humanities Pathway.
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  • Analysis Task (40%)
  • Research Essay (50%)
  • Quiz (10%)

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.

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