MI4009 - Introduction to Television Studies

What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce you to critical approaches and debates in the study of television. It will consider both the institutional and generic contexts of television, and questions of history and reception will be explored via case-studies of key genres. The following is an indicative syllabus:

• Television Histories and Public Service Broadcasting
• Television Aesthetics and Quality • Television and Authorship
• Regulation and Censorship
• Television Audiences and Reception
• Television Production, Economics and Technology
• Soap opera
• Comedy and sitcom
• Telefantasy
• Police and crime shows
• News, current affairs and documentary
• Reality TV

How will I learn on this module?

The module is taught via weekly lectures and seminars. The lecture component will develop your understanding of analytical approaches to television, and the seminar content will consist of student-led discussion allowing you to engage with the critical issues and apply them to specific case-studies. You are expected to prepare for classes by studying the set texts for each week as well as additional recommended reading and viewing. The information on required and recommended reading/viewing can be found in the module guide and on the e-Learning Portal. Seminar discussions are also intended to develop your communication skills and your ability to develop and respond to ideas in a collaborative environment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Classes will involve group discussions with the tutor and fellow students, providing a constructive environment for the enhancement of knowledge and understanding of the subject, preparation for the assessment tasks, and the development of communication skills. Class material (such as Powerpoint slides, links to televisual material and discussion points) will be accessible via the e-Learning portal, along with supplementary learning material (which may include web links, suggestions for further viewing and reading). A list of key and further reading material will be available on the eLP, and an electronic reading list will link you directly to key sources, allowing you to access them anytime and anywhere. The module will also incorporate assessment preparation sessions, with advice on how to approach the essay components. Furthermore, the module tutor will offer set office hours for academic support.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• An understanding of key developments in television history from the earliest broadcasting to the present day

• An awareness of key critical debates associated with television studies, and an ability to apply these to a range of case-studies of specific types of broadcasting.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• The development of bibliographical and information-gathering skills in the preparation of assignments

• The development of communication skills

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• An appreciation of the global and cultural contexts of television production and reception

How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategy for this module is to test knowledge of critical approaches to television studies, through an essay of 3000 words, chosen from a list of questions. This addresses the “knowledge and understanding” outcomes. The essay encourages you to develop directed and individual research skills and to deploy critical material in order to respond in an appropriately detailed fashion to a specific question. Electronic feedback will be given (via the eLP), and tutorial feedback is also offered; these aid the development of knowledge and understanding, and communication skills.





Module abstract

This module will introduce you to critical approaches and debates in the study of television. It will consider both the institutional and generic contexts of television, using a range of case-studies to explore issues such as history, public service broadcasting, 'quality' television, scheduling, audiences, authorship, regulation and aesthetics. Questions of history and reception will be explored via case-studies of key genres such as comedy, soap opera, reality television, documentary and news. The module is taught via weekly sessions that incorporate lecture material, seminar discussion and appropriate screening material. Assessment is via an essay of 3000 words

Course info

UCAS Code P391

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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