Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course examines television texts while interrogating the many forces that influence television's production, distribution, and reception. These are explored through television programming from the recent so-called 'golden age of television'. In the 21st Century, television has undergone rapid technological and industrial changes, which has shaped television content. ‘Peak TV’ refers to the massive expansion in the number of TV channels, distributors, and shows. Streaming video-on-demand platforms like Netflix and Stan provide an online distribution network for older series while also becoming niche content creators, enabling new kinds of television. How we watch television has also changed, as evident with the popularity of binge watching and second screening. We will explore all these facets of contemporary television with close attention to specific television series and television genres.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): FMCS2201. Students who have successfully completed FMCS2201 are not eligible to enrol in FMCS3201.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the relationship between television texts and their various contexts.

2. Examine key issues and debates emerging in contemporary television studies research.

3. Articulate an argument about recent television texts, industry and contexts.

4. Use scholarly literature to analyse television case studies.


This course may include the following topics:

  • Digital disruption and television
  • Holistic analysis of television
  • Television in historical contexts
  • Television in social and cultural contexts
  • Television for specialised audiences
  • Case study of television genres
  • Researching television 


You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed FMCS2201.

Assumed knowledge

60 units at 1000 level

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Scene Analysis or Recap (30%)

Essay: Essay (40%)

Project: Playlist (30%)

Contact hours


Film Screening

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Film Screening

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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