Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Claire Perkins (Caulfield); Dr Claire Perkins(Clayton)


Previously coded FTV1010


Employing textual criticism, critical theory and theories of political economy, this unit will introduce a variety of approaches to the study of television. It will consider the phenomenon of television through a critical approach to the forms specific to broadcast television through an understanding of recent theories relating to popular culture. These include issues of history, genre, context , consumerism and audiences. Attention will also be given to the cultural and economic forces that shape and are reflected in the structuring of television programs and networks.


On the successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A critical understanding of forms specific to broadcast television;
  2. An understanding of theories relating to popular culture as they inform television studies;
  3. A knowledge of the cultural and economic forces which shape and are reflected in the structuring of Australian and wider television networks;
  4. A knowledge of the issues of new media that problematise traditional television theory;
  5. An ability to critically engage with written and televisual texts in a clear and confident manner in both written and oral presentation.


Written work(2700 words): 60%
1 Hour visual test: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Claire Perkins (Caulfield); Dr Claire Perkins(Clayton)

Contact hours

One 1- hour lecture per week
One 1- hour tutorial per week
One 2- hour screening per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Film and television studies