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MFCO217 Television Studies


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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.

Paper title Television Studies
Paper code MFCO217
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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18 MFCO or FIME points
FIME 207
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Brett Nicholls
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

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system