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FI205 - Television History and Criticism

  • Module code: FI205
  • Module name: Television History and Criticism
  • Department: Film and Television Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The content of the module is wide-ranging in terms of genre and historical period, but it focuses on British and American television. In the Autumn term, we will think about the specificity of the television texts we study in terms of aesthetics, textuality, genre, institution and social and historical context. The television texts we will study will cover genres from those perceived as ‘ordinary’ and everyday (daytime television, makeover shows, soap opera) to those perceived as cultural ‘events’, as serious or quality television (television drama in its long and short serial forms, documentary) and those which cross such boundaries or have engendered particular debate (e.g. reality television, post-feminist television drama).

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this term, you should have developed a critical, and in-depth, understanding of television historiography and the history of television fiction in Britain and the US. This module has been designed with scope for you to pursue your own interests and lines of enquiry, and I hope you will enjoy the range and variety of the intellectual work you will be asked to do on this module.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lectures, screenings and seminars.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: FI205-30)
A (Assessed work only) First 5000-word essay (finalist) 50%
  Second 5000-word essay (finalist) 50%
B (Examination only) 3-hour examination (finalist) 100%
C1 (Assessed/examined work) 5000-word essay (finalist) 50%
  2-hour examination (finalist) 50%
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Essay 1 - 3000 word (non-finalists) 30%
  Essay 2 - 3000 word (non-finalists) 30%
  2-hour examination (non-finalist) 40%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed visiting/exchange PART YEAR ONLY 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (with Study Abroad) (QW26) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3