Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Television History
Academic Year
Semester 2
Successful completion of Part 1

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 Critical Analysis  Critical analysis of two primary historical sources 2500 Words  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Examination  Unseen written examination  60%
Supplementary Assessment Critical Analysis  Critical analysis of two primary historical sources 2500 Words  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Examination  Unseen written examination  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

Understand, and critically engage with, the factors shaping the history of television in the UK from the 1920s onwards.

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

Understand, and critically 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 that 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 final 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 earn to critically evaluate primary historical sources.


Lectures and seminars will cover the following topics: history, historiography, and historical sources; television’s pre-history and early developments; pre-war television; post-war television and the advent of ITV; public service broadcasting 1960-1990; television and race; television and the Cold War; children’s television; television in Wales: a case study; television in the 21st Century.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
This skill will be developed in lectures, seminars, and in the assessment methods.
Students will be asked to work in small groups in seminars
Students will be reflecting on historical television issues throughout the module
Students' ability to communicate effectively will be developed in seminars and in the written coursework.
This will be developed through the use of electronic information sources used for research purposes in relation to the written assignment.


This module is at CQFW Level 6