LET-ACWB703
Television: industry and aesthetics
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ACWB703
Credits (ECTS)5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Cultural Studies;
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
M.S. van Leendert
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Examiner
dr. J.M. Wolthuis
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Lecturer
dr. J.M. Wolthuis
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Coordinator
dr. J.M. Wolthuis
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Contactperson for the course
dr. J.M. Wolthuis
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Academic year2023
Period
PER 3  (29/01/2024 to 07/04/2024)
Starting block
PER 3
Course mode
full-time
RemarksKeuzepakket Creative Industries
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
In this course you will learn to consider television as a technology, an industry, a ubiquitous cultural phenomenon, and an art form. You will develop the analytical and rhetorical skills to observe, analyse, describe, and critique television case studies from a range of theoretical perspectives, referring to both historical and contemporary issues and debates.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • understand key concepts and theories in the field of television studies;
  • independently apply these concepts and theories to analyse television case studies and understand new developments in the field;
  • take an independent standpoint in current debates in the field of television studies;
  • observe, analyse, describe, and critique television as a technology, an industry, a cultural phenomenon, and an art form, and have a clear sense of how these dynamics intersect.
 
 
Content
During this course, students get acquainted with key debates and theories in the field of television studies and learn to position themselves critically within those debates. The course discusses the history, technology, industry, form, and aesthetics of the television medium across (trans)national contexts, and critically considers the theoretical framework within which television case studies can or should be researched. There will be a focus on engaging with theory and executing analysis with respect to the specific workings of the medium as an art form and compared to other media.

The course programme contains six core themes that can be chosen as a focus for the final research paper. The first three weeks of the course outline the field of television studies and historical as well as contemporary issues regarding its industry and aesthetics, looking at the specific workings of the television image and the medium’s genres and narrative structures, and how transnational formatting and streaming relate to different local cultural contexts. The next few weeks dive further into the specifics of television production design and developments in terms of technology, industry, cultural status, broadcasting, and programming across television’s eras. The last thematic week focuses on how television functions as a vehicle for memory and nostalgia. The remaining classes are then spent learning how to position oneself critically within current debates in the field and preparing to write the research paper, with writing and peer-review sessions.
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Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Articles
Articles and chapters from books will be made available via Brightspace.
Book
If a handbook is used, students will be informed in time via Brightspace.

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Research proposal
Test weight0
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 3, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
V

Essay
Test weight100
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 3, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5