|| TF21120 |
|| RADIO STUDIES |
|| 2003/2004 |
|| Professor Thomas P O'Malley |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Mr Jamie Medhurst |
|| TF10420 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 10 X 1 HOUR |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 10 X 1 HOUR |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam|| 2 hour written exam For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer
to the departmental web pages at http://www.aber.ac.uk/tfts/duedates.shtml||50%|
|Semester Assessment|| 2500 word essay ||50%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of a range of theoretical tools associated with the study of radio.
Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of radio.
Analyse the nature of the social, economic, political and cultural forces which shape radio.
Evaluate the nature and implications of the content of radio.
Demonstrate and understanding of particular forms of radio content and the ways in which they are created.
Radio is one of the most important means of mass communication, touching on the daily lives of millions of people. This module provides a detailed introduction to the history of radio and to the nature of the contemporary industry. As well as surveying the forces which have and do shape radio, the module takes a critical look at the different forms that radio content takes, as well as developing an understanding of some of the theoretical problems associated with its study.
The course will open with an overview of the critical issues associated with the study of radio. It will then examine the history of radio in the UK, by exploring key historical moments in its development; for example, the origins of radio in the 1920s; radio during the Second World War; the origins and development of commercial radio; radio in Wales; and contemporary developments in radio. It will then focus on some the key theoretical tools associated with the relationship between radio and society; e.g., the public sphere, theories about news and audiences, the concept of public service broadcasting, and the commodification of the media. This will be followed by an overview of the nature and factors shaping the contemporary industry, and an in depth analysis of key radio forms, such as drama, documentary, music, news and talk radio. The module will conclude with an assessment of the future of radio in the developing multi-media environment of the twenty ?first century. Throughout the course students will be reminded of the importance of understanding radio in relation to other models of radio, especially that of the USA, which has at an enduring influence on developments in the UK.
** Recommended Background
Barnard, S (2000) Studying Radio
Crissell, A (1994) Understanding Radio
Crissell, A (2002) An Introductory History of British Broadcasting
Crook, T (1999) Radio Drama Theory and Practice
Curran, J and Gurevitch, M (2000) Mass Media and Society
Drakakis, J (1981) British Radio Drama
Cambridge: Cambridge UP
Hendy, D (2000) Radio in the Global Age
Mitchell, C (2000) Women and Radio: airing differences
Scannell, P (1996) Radio, Television and Modern Life
Scannell, P & Cardiff, D (1991) A Social History of British Broadcasting, Volume 1 1922-1939, Serving the Nation
This module is at CQFW Level 5