Module Identifier TF10420  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Glen Creeber  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Daniel G J Chandler, Dr Jamie Medhurst, Mr Roderick Albert Munday, Professor Martin J Barker, Dr Jamie Sexton, Professor Thomas P O'Malley  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   1 x 1 hour seminar per fortnight  
  Lecture   10 x 3 hour Lecture Viewings  
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 x 2,500 words  40%

Learning outcomes

Typically, upon completion of this module, you will be able to:


The aim of the module is to present a broad base knowledge of television by means of an analysis of a range of issues from the academic study of television, the history of television, current structures and policy, the `grammar? of television, television as text, television genres, the relationship between television and audiences and an introduction to the application of social theory to the study of television.


The module is in two parts: the first half explores a selection of different methodological approaches to TV- these include semiotics, ideology, audience research, shot by shot analysis and so on. The second part of the module tends to contextualise television a little more, looking at areas of history, the state, globalisation, postmodernism and so on. The module will also allow for the development of effective essay-writing and examination skills in the subject area.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Creeber, Glen (2001) The Television Genre Book BFI
Hilmes, Michelle (2003) The Television History Book BFI
Lury,Karen ((2004)) Interpreting Television London: Arnold.
Selby and Cowdery (1995) How to Study Television Macmillan
** Recommended Text
Abercrombie, Nicholas ((1996)) Television and Society Cornwall: Polity Press
Allen (ed.), Robert C. (1992) Channels of Discourse, Reassembled: television and contemporary criticism, London & New York: Routledge
Bignell, Jonathan ((2004)) An Introduction to Television Studies, London & New York: Routledge.
Casey, Bernadette, Casey, Neil, Calvert, Ben, French, Liam and Lewis, Justin , ((2002),) Television Studies: The Key Concepts London & New York: Routledge.
Creeber, Glen (ed.) ((2004)) 50 Key Television Programmes London: Arnold
Crisell, Andrew (2002) An Introductory History of British Broadcasting Routledge
McQueen, David ), ((1998)) Television: A Media Student´┐Żs Guide, London, New York, Sydney, Auckland, Arnold
Miller, Toby (ed.) ((2002),) Television Studies, London: BFI.
Sinclair, John & Turner , Graeme(eds.) , . ((2004),) Contemporary World Television London: BFI


This module is at CQFW Level 4