FT3MT-Millennial Television

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: FT1ITV Introduction to Television or FT2PTG Popular Television Genres
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Faye Woods

Email: f.woods@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module explores some of the most significant critical approaches to, scholarly debates surrounding, and textual developments within contemporary television. The module considers relevant critical debates and approaches to the study of selected British and American television programmes and their relationship to shifting cultural boundaries, including new media texts. The module explores television and new media targeted at the millennial generation, together with industrial shifts in the production and distribution of television. It will explore the industrial context, audience relationships and representations involved in British and American programming. It will consider drama, factual programming and web series, their industrial and cultural contexts, and engage with critical debates surrounding ideology, authorship, representation, narrative, transmedia and participatory culture.

This module aims to develop analytical skills and industrial knowledge through close analysis of televisual and connected texts alongside an awareness of larger industrial and cultural contexts. It will explore how narratives, representations and aesthetics are impacted by contextual factors. Students will engage with critical debates through discussion and analysis of texts, applying this knowledge to analysis of creative decision-making and wider ideological concerns.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, it is expected that students will be able to:
•demonstrate a critical understanding of the industrial and institutional contexts that shape contemporary television and surrounding texts.
•make informed use of appropriate critical and conceptual frameworks for the analysis of specific texts, aesthetics, narratives, genres, media and national contexts
•analyse and evaluate the ways in which specific television texts and genres of television address and engage with social, cultural and ideological issues.
•compare and contrast British and American exponents of contemporary television, and understand these within larger processes of globalisation and industry.

Additional outcomes:
Additional outcomes
•utilize new media forms to present analysis
•develop strong communication skills
•observe the shifting status and forms of contemporary storytelling
•question the cultural status and value of different media forms

Outline content:
The Autumn term will cover a case study of television and new media targeted at the millennial generation. It will explore the industrial context, audience relationships and representations involved in British and American programming. It will consider drama, factual programming, web series and short-form video, engaging with critical debates surrounding ideology, authorship, legitimation, narrative, participatory culture and transmedia.

Global context:
This module explores both British and American texts, engaging with the transnational relationship between these industries and audiences as well as their international circulation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Within the two hour class a range of teaching styles will be used and vary from week to week. Short lectures may be used where appropriate to introduce contextual or critical issues for discussion. The primary teaching method will be discussion based around prepared reading and close analysis of texts screened in advance. Short presentations or new media-based activities may be involved, prepared by individuals or small groups for larger group discussion. Creative projects that engage with new media and social media elements may be involved.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 16
Supervised time in studio/workshop 32
Guided independent study 152
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Project output other than dissertation 50

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Submission of a new coursework brief

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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