|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%|
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.
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
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.
|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.|
|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 ListEssential 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