Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 5000 WORD ESSAY  70%
Semester Assessment PRESENTATION  The student must give a presentation on one aspect of television analysis to the group. The presentation is asessed both orally and in written form.  30%

Learning Outcomes

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

  • examine a piece of television using contemporary methods of textual and contextual analysis
  • discuss television using a number of critical and theoretical discourses
  • discuss the contemporary means by which television is theorised and understood


Lecrures, Seminars and Screenings. Topics currently include:

  • Textual Analysis and Television
  • The Theories and Aethsetics of Television
  • Analysing Television Fiction
  • Analysing 'Real' Television
  • Encoding and Decoding Television
  • Television and Globalisation
  • Television and New Media

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication As well as giving an assessed seminar presentation, students will also be expected to contribute to in-class discussions.
Improving own Learning and Performance Throughout the module, there will be points when students willbe asked to think reflexively on their own readings/beiwings, as well as how their own work is progressing.
Information Technology Students will be expected to make active use of the web for their own research.
Personal Development and Career planning Will inform students about the means by which television programmes are not only analysed buit also organised, structured and received. Clearly important when seeking a carreer in broadcasting.
Problem solving This element is developed through the students' questioning how (i.e what are thwe appropriate textual skills) to access the kinds of research questions undertaken.
Research skills This element is developed in two ways; one, through the students' own investigations into what existing materials are available to them and the application of their own textual investigations.
Team work Although there is no group work independently assessed, it is hoped that in seminars srtudents will work together as a group in order to make the best possible use of these sessions. To aid group activity, the module coordinator encourages students to use the blackboard environment, specifically the message boards, to discuss issues beyond lectures or seminars.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Creeber, Glen (2004) Tele-Visions: An introduction to Studying Television BFI Primo search
Recommended Background
ALLEN, Robert C (1992) Channels of Discourse, Reassembled: television and contemporary criticism Routledge Primo search BURTON, Graeme (2000) TAlking about Television: An Introduction to the Study of Television Arnold Primo search BUTLER, Jeremy G (1994) Television: Critical Methods and Applications Wadsworth Primo search CALDWELL, John Thornton (1995) Televisuality: Style, Crisis, and Authority in American Television Rutgers University Press Primo search CASEY, B et al. (2002) Television Studies: The Key Concepts Routledege Primo search CORNER, J (ed) (1991) Popular Television in Britain: Studies in Cultural History BFI Primo search CORNER, J and HARVEY, S (eds) (1996) Television Times: A Reader Arnold Primo search CREEBER, Glen (ed) (2001) The television Genre Book BFI Primo search ELLIS, John (2000) Seeing Things: Television in the Age of Uncertainty I.B Tauris Primo search ELLIS, John (1982) Visible Fictions: Cinema, Television, Video Routledge Primo search FISKE, J (1978) Reading Television Routledge Primo search FISKE, John (1987) Television Culture Methuen Primo search GERAGHTY, C and LUSTED, D (eds) (1998) The Television Studies Book Arnold Primo search GOODWIN, A and WHANNEL, G (eds) Understanding Television Routledge Primo search HOLLAND, Patricia (1997) The Television Handbook Routledge Primo search MCQUEEN, David Television: A Media Student's Guide Arnold Primo search SELBY, K and COWDERY, R (1995) How to Study Television Macmillan Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7