Module Identifier TF10420  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Jamie Medhurst  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Glen Creeber, Professor Thomas P O'Malley  
Course delivery Other   20 x 3 hours lecture / workshops  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at
Semester Assessment Essay  40%

Learning outcomes

Typically, upon completion fo this module, students will be able to:

demonstrate knowledge of the development of broadcasting within social, political, economic, cultural and technological contexts
demonstrate understanding of television in terms of textual analysis
demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of Television.


To present a broad base knowledge of television by means of an analysis of a range of issues from the academic study of television, history of broadcasting in the UK, current structures and policy, the grammar of television, television as text, television genres, the relationship and the relationship between television and audiences and an introduction to the application of social theory to the study of television.


The module will begin by posing the question 'Why Study Television?'. It will then proceed to study television within a variety of themes such as class, the state, gender, race and effects. Throughout the module three main strands of enquiry will emerge - textual, historical and social theoretical. The module will also allow for the development of effective essay-writing and examination skills in the subject area.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
McQueen, David (1998) Television: A media student's guide Arnold
Creeber, Glen (2001) The Television Genre Book BFI
Stokes, Jenny & Reading, Anna (1999) Broadcasting in Britain: Current Debates and Developments
Crisell, Andrew (2002) An Introductory History of British Broadcasting Routledge
** Recommended Background
Curran, James & Seaton, Jean (2003) Power Without Responsibility 6th. Routledge
Williams, Raymond (1990) Television, Technology and Cultural Form Routledge
Selby and Cowdery (1995) How to Study Television Macmillan
Hilmes, Michelle (2003) The Television History Book BFI
Fiske & Hartley (1978) Reading Television Routledge


This module is at CQFW Level 4