Television Texts and Contexts

Course code FMCS2201Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesBy the end of this course, students will be able to:
* Critically analyse television texts and their contexts.
* Explain the different ways in which scholars engage with television.
* Demonstrate knowledge of historical and contemporary influences on television.
* Formulate proposals for original research projects and undertake scholarly research.
ContentCourse 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)CULT3340 Television Texts and Contexts and FILM1901 Introduction to Film and Television Studies.
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed CULT3340 Television Texts and Contexts, or FILM1901 Introduction to Film and Television Studies may not enrol into FMCS2201 Television Texts and Contexts.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge60 units at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments40%
Essays / Written Assignments40%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term