Module Identifier TFM0420  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Glen Creeber  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Other   14 contact hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay 5,000 words  100%
Further details For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at  

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to examine a piece of television using contemporary methods of textual and contextual analysis.

Be able to discuss television using a number of critical and theoretical discourses.


to develop student awareness and skills regarding th interpretation, understanding and analysis of television.


Seminar topics may include 'Doing Textual Analysis', 'Theories of Television', 'Analysing Drama', and 'Analysing Documentary'.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Fiske, John (1987) Television Culture Methuen
Ellis, John (1982) Visible Fictions: Cinema, Television, Video Routledge
Selby, Keith & Cowdery, Ron (1995) How to Study Television Macmillan
** Recommended Background
Burton, Graeme (2000) Talking About Television: An Introduction to the Study of Television Arnold
Butler, Jeremy G (1994) Television: Critical Methods and Applications Wadsworth Publishing Company
Creeber, Glen (ed) (2001) The Television Genre Book BFI
Holland, Patricia (1997) The Television Handbook Routledge
McQueen, David (1998) Television: A Media Student's Guide Arnold
Allen, Robert C (ed) (1992) Channels of Discourse, Reassembled: Television and Contemporary Critcism Routledge
Corner, John & Harvey, Sylvia (eds.) (1996) Television Times: A Reader Arnold


This module is at CQFW Level 7