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ATS1304: Introduction to television studies

Faculty of Arts

Introduction to television studies

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Employing textual criticism, critical theory and media industries research, this unit will introduce you to a variety of approaches to the study of television. It will consider the phenomenon of television through a critical approach to the forms specific to both broadcast and post-broadcast television through an understanding of recent theories relating to popular culture. These include issues of history, genre, context, data metrics, and audiences. Attention will also be given to the cultural and economic forces that shape and are reflected in the structuring of television programs and networks.


1 - Quizzes - 15% 2 - Media task - 30% 3 - Essay - 40% 4 - Participation - 10%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.