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FTM5230 - Critical studies in television

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Therese Davis


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Television has had a profound impact on human sense perception, resulting in radical changes to our experience of space and time This unit investigates a range of theories and critical approaches that have been developed to help us understand the complex relationship between television - as form, technique and technology - and contemporary forms of experience, such as distraction, despatialisation, boredom and compassion fatigue. It identifies questions of memory and history as key issues in the debates that have emerged around these changes to experience. Investigation of this topic is grounded in close analysis of a diverse group of contemporary TV programs and local and global TV events.


Written work: 80% (7000 words)
Participation and paper: 20%

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar and one 2-hour screening per week


At 4th year honours level: a BA degree with a major in Film and Television Studies or cognate discipline with average grades of 70% or better in this major
At MA level: Honours degree (or equivalent) in Film and Television or approved discipline

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