Module Details

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Title Redefining Television
Code COMM750
Coordinator Dr C Mahoney
Communication and Media
Cat.Mahoney@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

1. To provide students with an understanding of the nature, role and function of television as a medium in the 21st century.
2. To give students the opportunity to engage in debates about what constitutes television in a rapidly changing technological climate.
3. To provide students with knowledge about television, VOD streaming and online platforms in a global context.
4. To develop students’ critical and theoretical capabilities by analysing television texts through intersecting issues including genre, identity politics, promotional culture and the role of the industry.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain an understanding of the role, function and form of television in the 21st century, changes in the industry and relationships to the politics of representation facilitated by VOD.

(LO2) Students will gain an ability to critique television texts and their forms in terms of genre, history, identity politics and industrial perspectives.

(LO3) Students will gain an ability to critically engage with theoretically-informed research and scholarship about TV, and to produce theoretically reflective writing about their own viewing practices.

(LO4) Students will gain an understanding of algorithmic viewing and marketing.

(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 TV texts.

(S3) Academic writing.

(S4) Creative thinking and writing techniques.

(S5) Time management and project planning.


Syllabus

 

Topics may include:

• Introduction to studying TV
• TV and convergence culture
• Analysing television, programming, structure, flow
• Netflix, VOD and algorithmic viewing - linear to curated viewing
• Conceptions of quality - Netflix original/Prime and the TV film
• National TV for global consumption
• Remake, reboot and cult TV
• The nostalgia of contemporary TV
• Feminism and television
• Queer TV
• User generated content - Youtube and TikTok


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 – Online synchronous workshop.
Description: 2 hours sessions with bursts of lecture and breakout groups discussions of topics followed by class discussions.
This activity may be online or on campus and could be subject to changes.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Screening to be viewed in own time.

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           24

24
Timetable (if known)              
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
Television Diary with theoretical reflection. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): 2  -1500 words    30       
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): Semester 2  -2500 words    70       

Recommended Texts

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