Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Television Genre
Academic Year
Semester 1
Successful completion of Part 1
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 Essay (2500 words)  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay (2500 words) - to a new title  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Resit Examination  50%

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.

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.


Course delivery:

10 x 3 hour Lecture/Viewing/Seminars

1. Introduction to Genre

2. Genre: Beyond the Text

3. Genre Hybridity and Mutation

4. Genre Re-invention: the TV detective

5. Television News

6. Science Fiction

7. Action TV

8. The Costume Drama

9. The Confessional Talk Show

10. Revision Week

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 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.


This module is at CQFW Level 5