Module Identifier TFM1230  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Jamie Sexton  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite TFM8930 , TFM6730  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   14 Hours Seminars (7 x 2 hours) , 21 hours screening,  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment METHODOLOGY PROJECT By necessity this will change from year to year depending on the chosen topic, but generally students are expected to conduct small-scale research. This assessment is about the collecting of primary source materials for research.34%
Semester Assessment 5000 WORD CRITICAL ESSAY The essay should be on any aspect within the chosen topic, but must reflect adequate knowledge of the critical literature, and be based on appropriate primary source research66%
Supplementary Assessment RESITS OF SEMESTER ASSESSMENTS  100%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

This module explores a specific topic that is contemporary within television studies, based on the module co-odinator's current research. While the actual topic studied may change from year to year (depending on the member of staff who is available to teach it) Students opting to take this module can expect to critically engage with historic literature on the chosen topic, issues pertaining to method ans theory appropriate to the chosen topic, and a case study wherein students will be expected to critically engage in discussing the primary materials (this can be textual analysis of individual episodes, doing first hand ethnographic or audience research, and archival research)


7 x 2- hour seminars. Topics will change from year to year but should always include seminars on the following: literature review, methodology and analyses of specific cases.

Screenings of specific episodes may (or may not) be required, but will not consitute formal contact hours. Archives appropriate to the chosen area of specialisation and research will be made available to students by the teaching module co-ordinator - this may entail a corpus of television texts, or other relevant primary materials.

For example, on the topic of television fandom and ethnography, the seminar topics are as follows : an introduction to fandom and fan studies; ethnography and ethnographic practices; the active audience member; interpretive communities; poaching/fan creativity and virtual ethnography.

Each topic would be concluded by a summing up session wherein students are expected to reflect on the previous sessions and how their knowledges have developed and can now be applied to their major assignment.

Reading Lists

Due to the nature of this module, wherein different topics studied will have their own and unique bibliographical requirements, therefore no generic bibliography would be appropriate to denote. By necessity the bibliography will change from year to year depending on the topic chosen.


This module is at CQFW Level 7