Module Details

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Title ISSUES IN 'CULT' TELEVISION
Code COMM300
Coordinator Dr CD Haslop
Communication and Media
Craig.Haslop@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To provide students with an understanding of the historical development of the idea of ‘cult TV’ and the canon of texts associated to it.

To give students the opportunity to engage in debates about what constitutes ‘cult television’.

To provide students with knowledge about cult fandom and contemporary cult texts in the context of the development of the US and UK television industries.

To develop students critical and theoretical capabilities by analysing cult television texts through intersecting issues including genre, identity politics, promotional culture and the role of industry.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An understanding of the overall make-up of the UK and US television industries including key debates about changes in the industry and relationships to the politics of representation through the prism of cult TV.

(LO2) An ability to critique cult television texts and their forms in terms of genre, history, identity politics and industrial perspectives.

(LO3) An ability to both deconstruct, and write, journalistic pieces about cult TV.

(LO4) An understanding of the promotional and branding practices associated with cult TV.

(S1) Researching and locating materials through the effective use of library and information services, bibliographies and electronic sources of knowledge and information.

(S2) Critical evaluation of academic and cult TV texts.

(S3) Academic writing.

(S4) Creative thinking and writing techniques.

(S5) Time management and project planning.


Syllabus

 

Topics may include:

Introduction to studying cult TV,
Definitions, histories and ‘classics’,
Cult and/or quality TV,
Sci-fi, fantasy and comic book crossovers,
Drama, hybridisation and postmodern cult,
Comedy and camp,
Gender and the queerness of cult TV,
Fans, tastes and subcultures,
Media, stardom and promotions,
Netflix, VOD and algorithmic cult.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Online synchronous lecture
Description: 1 hour sessions with bursts of lecture and breakout groups discussions of topics followed by class discussions.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 – Fortnightly 2hr Face to face seminar with further debate and discussion of lecture material (or online dependent on Covid-19 restrictions)

Self-directed learning - Reading, watching and analysing TV as directed and researching and preparing for assignments.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 12

12

        24
Timetable (if known) 60 mins X 1 totaling 12
 
           
Private Study 126
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Journalistic writing There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): 2  1000 words    30       
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When):2  3000 words    70       

Recommended Texts

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