Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture Lecture/Viewings 1 x 3 hour per week
Seminars / Tutorials Seminar 1 x 1 hour per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay (2,500 words)  40%
Semester Exam Exam  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Discuss television genre using and applying critical methods gained from current and past academic sources.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural, institutional and political context in which the chosen programmes and generic categories are both made and received.

3. Create a coherent and sustained written argument.


Examples of topics for lectures and seminars would be:

Week One: Introducing Genre
Week Two: Theorising Genre
Week Three: Soap Opera
Week Four: Detective Drama
Week Five: News
Week Six: The Confessional Talk Show
Week Seven: Situation Comedy
Week Eight: Costume Drama
Week Nine: Make-Over TV
Week Ten: Revision Week

Brief description

This examines both the theoretical debates that surround genre study while alsolooking at specific examples from within the television industry itself. Each genre will be examined as individual examples around which larger areas of debate and discussion can be discussed. The wider context in which these genres are situated (such as issues of technology, institution, audience, reception and the historical development of television) will also be explored and encouraged in students' work.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number No
Communication Communication skills are certainly prioritized in seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance Only in a general way.
Information Technology No
Personal Development and Career planning A number of students wish to make a career in television and have found this theoretical approach to television genre a useful insight into historical trends and the evolution of issues, techniques and professional concerns.
Problem solving This module is not about problem solving as such, but it is about setting up a clear criteria by which a central question or hypothesis can be examined and tested.
Research skills A great deal of the module is taken up with reading and understanding the historical development of television drama as an academic subject.
Subject Specific Skills Knowledge and understanding of television genre - its texts, its professional techniques, its institutions, its historical evolution and its audiences.
Team work Students are often placed in different groups during seminars, making team work a small but essential part of the teaching experience.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Creeber, Glen (ed.) (2008) The Television Genre Book 2nd edition BFI Primo search
Recommended Text
Abercrombie, Nicholas (1996) Television and Society Polity Press Primo search Allen, Robert C. (ed.) (1992) Channels of Discourse, Reassembled: Television and Contemporary Criticism Routledge Primo search Bignell, Jonathan (2004) An Introduction to Television Studies Routledge Primo search Corner, John (2000) Critical Ideas in Television Studies Oxford University Press Primo search Creeber, Glen (ed.) (2004) 50 Key Television Programmes Arnold Primo search Crisell, Andrew (2006) A Study of Modern Television: Thinking Inside the Box Palgrave Macmillan Primo search Lacey, Nick (2000) Narrative and Genre: Key Concepts in Media Studies Palgrave Primo search Mittell, Jason (2004) Genre and Television: From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture Routledge Primo search Moran, Albert (1998) Copycat TV: Globalisation, Program Formats and Cultural Identity University of Luton Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5