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- Introduction: What is quality television?
- Basic concepts
- Analysis 1
- Analysis 2
- Complex television
- The HBO aesthetic
- Nordic Noir and its influences
- Serial melodram
- Realism and its subversions
- Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Resources and Links
- Online Assessment
- Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (40%)
- Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (50%)
- Assignment 3 - Online Discussion (10%)
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New Television and Cultural Change will analyze and research the emergence of quality television, the watershed development of the last fifteen years in Screen Media. Quality television is characterised by a number of key indicators, including narrative and character complexity, cinematic production values, challenging themes, resonant images, rich mise-en-scene, and refined textual practices, all of which extend the scope of television beyond standardised mass media formats and into the more specific market space of cable television. Quality television occupies this emerging market space, providing viewers with an experience at times closer to film, yet distinctly televisual at the same time. This subject will explore the industrial and technological mechanisms that have led to the growth of quality television, and analyze the deployment of refined textual practices that make these shows so addictive.
Programs to be examined include the American drama series Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and European high quality drama such as The Killing and The Bridge. Students will have an opportunity to research these programs as well as a range of other drama, comedy and docu-drama programs for the UK, America, Australia and other countries.