Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Studying Television
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500-word Essay  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   1 x 2 hour Formal Unseen Examination  (answering two questions from a list of around eight questions, requiring essay-style answers, held during the semester 1 examination period)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay (2,500 words) - to a new title  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Supplementary Examination  during the formal August supplementary assessment period.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of television in terms of various critical methodologies including different forms of textual analysis.
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the development of television within social, political, economic, cultural and technological histories.


The aim of the module is to present a broad knowledge base of television by means of an analysis of a range of issues from the academic study of the medium, the history of television, structures and policy, television as text, the relationship between television and audiences and an introduction to the application of cultural theory to the study of television.


Course delivery:

10 x 3 hour Lecture-Viewings
10 x 1 hour Seminars

1. Defining: A Medium in its Own Right

2. Shot by Shot Analysis

3. Structuralism and Ideology

4. Televisuality

5. Postmodernism and Television

6. Audiences and Television

7. Television and History

8. Genre and Television

9. Case Study: Dr. Who

10. TV in the Age of the Internet.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication * Students' written communication skills will be developed (e.g. appropriate language and style, accuracy, precision and ability to be concise). * Opportunities will be given, through seminar sessions, for students to develop confidence in using their speaking and listening skills when communicating their ideas.
Improving own Learning and Performance * Students will be able to develop their skills of information location and retrieval. * Students will be given opportunities to develop effective note-taking skills. * Students will develop their critical thinking skills. * Through group discussion, students will be given opportunities to develop an awareness of the opinions of others and reconsider initial ideas if necessary.
Information Technology * Students will be given the opportunity to develop their authorial and note-taking skills when planning and preparing for the written assignments, and will be encouraged to develop their note-taking skills in lectures. * Students will be given opportunities to develop their skills in searching for relevant reading and other materials through the University's Voyager Library Catalogue, the University electronic resource, Joey, and through the newspaper database, Lexis-Nexis. * E-mail and Blackboard will be the main forms of communication and information-sharing in this module, so students will be encouraged to actively engage in these processes.
Personal Development and Career planning * Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate current knowledge and skills and set targets for self-improvement. * Students will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for managing their own learning. * Students will be encouraged to build upon the knowledge gained from lectures through developing skills in self study (supported by the general and specific reading lists and other resources distributed throughout the module).
Problem solving * Students should be able to identify tensions and debates in the field, and will be encouraged to critically reflect on the process by which academics arrive at particular theoretical interpretations of particular television programmes.
Research skills * Students will be able to develop their skills of information location and retrieval. * Students will be able to develop their textual analytic skills, and to learn to analyse texts in a focused and purposeful manner.
Team work * All seminar sessions will involve group work where students will be able to collaborate through discussion, and then feed back their ideas to the seminar group as a whole.


This module is at CQFW Level 4