Module Information

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Intended for use in future years
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Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2500 word essay  50%
Semester Exam 1 x 2 hour  For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at   50%

Learning Outcomes

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

To have gained a clear understanding of key theoretical approaches to the study of TV.

To have developed an understanding of the relationship between different approaches to the study of Television.

To possess the ability to critically evaluate key texts in the area.


The aim of the module is to investigate the role of television in society, working with the history of television and social theories about the relationship between TV and society.

Brief description

This module will develop an in depth understanding of major approaches to the study of television and will allow you to develop the ability to evaluate a range of empirical and theoretical tools for the analysis of television, with a particular emphasis on the history of televsion. The content includes in depth analysis of key issues, including, social theory and television and debates in TV history. This includes topics such as the development of television at key moments in television history, and questions of the relationship between television and
wider bodies of social thought and historical interpretation.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Corner, John (2000) Critical Ideas in Television Studies OUP Primo search Crisell, Andrew (2002) An Introductory History of British Broadcasting 2nd edition Routledge Primo search Curran J and Guervitch, M (eds) (2000) Mass Media and Society London, Arnold, 3rd Edition Primo search Curran, James and Jean Seaton (2003) Power Without Responsibility: the press and broadcasting in Britain (6th edition) Routledge Primo search Freedman, D (2003) Television Policies of the Labour Party 1951-2001 London, 2003 Primo search Goodwin, Peter (1998) Television Under the Tories: broadcasting policy 1979-1997 BFI Primo search Hilmes, M (2003) The Television History Book BFI Primo search Hutchinson, D. (1999) Media Policy: an introduction Blackwells Primo search Mill, J.S (1859) 'On Liberty' Various reprints Primo search O'Malley, Tom (1996) Closedown? The BBC and government broadcasting policy since 1945. 2nd edition Blackwell Primo search Tracey, Michael (1998) The Decline and Fall of Public Service Boradcasting OUP Primo search Williams, Kevin (1998) Get me a murder a day! A history of mass communications in Britain Arnold Primo search Williams, Kevin (2003) Understanding Media Theory Edward Arnold Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5