Television Studies

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Television Studies

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Media and Journalism, Media Studies, Radio/Television/Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 MFCO or FIME points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Surveys the large and growing field of scholarly television studies. Discusses a broad range of theoretical and critical material that looks at television in relationship to culture, politics, gender, race, and class. Places the study of television in a New Zealand and international context.

    Television is undergoing a 21st-century revival. New media has enabled television to reach global audiences in unprecedented ways. This paper will map out the social and technological context to this revival, as well equip students with skills for critically engaging with television as it transforms to meet the demands of contemporary media audiences.

    Course Structure
    This course is divided into two modules:
    -Block one outlines the social and technological context for the revival of television
    -Block two introduces students to television analysis

    -Essay 1 25%
    -Essay 2 30%
    -Exam 45%

    Learning Outcomes
    -Describe a number of critical issues that deal with television as an object of study
    -Locate these critical issues within popular discussion on television
    -Critically engage in the consumption and meaning-making of contemporary culture and its contexts
    -Engage with new ways of both resisting and producing television

    Course reader

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