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.
** Essential Reading
Creeber, Glen (2001) The Television Genre Book
Crisell, Andrew (2002) An Introductory History of British Broadcasting
** Recommended Background
Stokes, Jenny & Reading, Anna (1999) Broadcasting in Britain: Current Debates and Developments
Fiske & Hartley (1978) Reading Television
Selby and Cowdery (1995) How to Study Television
Hilmes, Michelle (2003) The Television History Book
McQueen, David (1998) Television: A media student's guide
Curran, James & Seaton, Jean (2003) Power Without Responsibility
Williams, Raymond (1990) Television, Technology and Cultural Form
This module is at CQFW Level 4