Television Texts and Contexts


Television has an enormous impact on our society. Most people watch television everyday, and for many of us, television is a key source of both information and entertainment. This subject asks students to think critically and seriously about television; its histories; how it is produced and distributed; what shapes, drives and influences its programming; and what it shows us about our society and culture. The course will look at the different perspectives from which television has been studied, and explore different aspects of television, from textual studies of particular popular series through to introducing concepts such as flow, broadcasting and narrowcasting, and looking at how new technologies affect television viewing experiences.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically analyse television texts and their contexts.

2. Explain the different ways in which scholars engage with television.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of historical and contemporary influences on television.

4. Formulate proposals for original research projects and undertake scholarly research.


Course topics may include:

  • Television narrative forms
  • National television industries
  • International co-production and globalised distribution
  • Social representation on television
  • Broadcasting and narrowcasting
  • The transformation of television viewing by new technologies
  • Television reception studies

or other similar topics, as appropriate.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CULT3340. Students who have successfully completed CULT3340 are not eligible to enrol in FMCS2201.


This course replaces CULT3340. If you have successfully completed CULT3340 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

60 units at 1000 level

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Journal: Journal

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term