This module introduces students to the scholarly study of television as a major cultural and entertainment medium. It aims to enable students to demonstrate a critical understanding of the development of selected television forms in their historical, cultural and institutional contexts; to analyse a range of television texts, from a variety of programme formats and genres (such as soaps, sitcom, 'reality TV' and documentary); to demonstrate a familiarity with some of the most important critical terms and concepts used in the discussion and analysis of television; to undertake close analysis of a range of television texts and, where appropriate, to relate them to their contexts; the ability to make effective use of critical and contextual reading for essay writing and independent study.

Term(s) offered: Autumn/Spring term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 1.5
General Education: [None]