Television Studies

Module code: MS1008

Module co-ordinator: Professor Helen Wood

Module Outline

This module will introduce you to the study of television, examining television programmes, television genres, production contexts and television audiences to expand your academic understanding of the medium of television from different critical perspectives. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own television watching practices as a way of further analysing the pervasive nature of this cultural form.

Topics covered

  • Television world-building
  • Television genre (e.g. crime shows, science fiction, the sitcom) and narrative
  • Television news
  • Television drama
  • Television seriality
  • ‘Quality’ TV
  • Forms of 'Reality TV'
  • Television audiences


  • Lectures, seminar participation, directed class screenings of television episodes and critical reflection on their own viewing habits.
  • Each week we will discuss a different approach to television analysis with reference to assigned reading and that week’s screened television episode.


  • Individual viewing portfolio
  • Essay
  • Exam, two hours