Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Introduction to Television Studies enables students to explore some of the key debates surrounding the medium, from representations of class, gender, race, and sexuality, to television┐s relationship with reality and power. The history and culture of television will be investigated as context for the contemporary study of this exciting and evolving discipline. Students will develop skills in the textual and aesthetic analysis of the televisual image. In addition, students will also consider broadcasting institutions within the larger field of public service and globalisation.
To familiarise students with the study of television;To identify and analyse through diverse examples the significance of television aesthetics and how these aesthetic choices shape preferred televisual meanings;To analyse some of the historical and technological developments in and of television; To enable students to practice close analysis through formal written exercises and reflective diaries.
Intended Learning Outcomes
engage in detailed close analysis of selected televisual texts using appropriate terminology accurately: 1,2identify and describe the defining features of television genres: 1,2analyse the texts studied in line with scholarly themes such as society, identity, gender, race and class: 1,2write concisely and competently, in both short and extended written forms, about a variety of televisual texts: 1,2
10 x 1 hour lectures: 10 hours10 x 1 hour small group classes: 10 hoursWeekly 1 hour screening: 10 hoursClass preparation: 35 hoursShort paper preparation: 25 hoursEssay preparation: 60 hours
1: Short Paper weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
1000-word short paperShort paper applying a theoretical concept to one of the television programmes screened. Indicative word length: 1000 words.2: Essay weighted 70%
2000-word essay from a list of approved questionsAn essay answering one question from an approved list in relation to two of the television programmes screened. Indicative word length: 2000 words.