Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Television History
Academic Year
Semester 2
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   50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (2500 words)  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   50%

Learning Outcomes

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

​1. Know and understand the factors shaping the history of television in the UK from the 1920s onwards.

2. Engage in critical debates about the historical development of television and television policy.

3. Understand and evaluate the methods used to construct the history of television.

Brief description

This module will focus on the emergence of television broadcasting from the 1920s, the structures it developed and the forces which shaped its output. Through a broadly chronological approach, the module will also consider the ways in which television mediated the changing nature of society, was subject to, and part of, these changes, rather than merely reflecting what was happening, and how television shaped cultural and national debates. The aim of the module is to enable second year students to understand the historical development of television, engage with historical and critical debates about that process, and to locate policy decisions about television within an historical context. In doing this they will learn to critically evaluate primary historical sources.


​1) Introduction to the module: history, historiography, and historical sources.
2) Television’s pre-history and early developments
3) Pre-war Television
4) Post-war Television and the advent of ITV
5) Public Service Broadcasting 1960-1990
6) Television and Race
7) Television and the Cold War
8) Children’s Television
9) Television in Wales: a case study
10) Television in the 21st Century​

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Not developed specifically in this module.
Improving own Learning and Performance Developed through a critical engagement with the historical processes being studied.
Information Technology This will be developed through the use of electronic information sources used for research purposes in relation to the written assignment.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be encouraged to develop a sense of the real world through the demonstration of historical relevance. They will also engage with the real world through the assessment methods. There will be a requirement for students to reflect on their own learning through the formative feedback.
Problem solving Students will explore problems in the history of television which will be developed through seminars and coursework.
Research skills These skills will be developed and assessed through the examination and coursework, informed by discussions in the lecture/seminars.
Subject Specific Skills This module will develop and assess specific historical and historiographical skills in relation to the history of television.
Team work ​There is no group work involved in this module and this skill is not developed beyond participation in seminar discussions.


This module is at CQFW Level 5