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    Surveys the large and growing field of scholarly television studies. Discusses a broad range of theoretical and critical material that looks at television in relationship to culture, politics, gender, race, and class. Places the study of television in a New Zealand and international context.

    Television is undergoing a 21st-century revival. New media has enabled television to reach global audiences in unprecedented ways. This paper will map out the social and technological context to this revival, as well as equip students with skills for critically engaging with television as it transforms to meet the demands of contemporary media audiences.

    About this paper

    Paper title Television Studies
    Subject Media, Film and Communication
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 FIME or MFCO points
    FIME 207
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Teaching staff

    Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Paul Ramaeker

    Paper Structure
    This paper is divided into two modules:
    • Block one outlines the social and technological context for the revival of television
    • Block two introduces students to television analysis
    • Essay 1 - 25%
    • Essay 2 - 30%
    • Exam - 45%
    Teaching Arrangements
    Lectures and tutorials.
    Readings will be available from the library, online and on Blackboard.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Describe a number of critical issues that deal with television as an object of study
    • Locate these critical issues within popular discussion on television
    • Critically engage in the consumption and meaning-making of contemporary culture and its contexts
    • Engage with new ways of both resisting and producing television


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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