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Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics
    • Introduction to television studies
    • Production: technology and convergence
    • Policy: broadcast and post broadcast television
    • Programs: texts, formats and style
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Quizzes

Entry Requirements


Completion of Level 1 subjects.

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -
    • Additional materials
    • Audio/Visual equipment

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.

  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Exercises (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay 2 (50%)

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