COMM525 Television Studies

Updated: 16 March 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2019
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COMM325 or COMM425

offered in even-numbered years

Combined Units COMM325 - Television Studies
Coordinator(s) Yvonne Griggs (
Unit Description

This unit takes an in-depth look at how television as a popular, mass medium is evolving in our contemporary age of media convergence. Broadcast television has created many genres of information and entertainment, with production and programming strategies to match. Through various case studies we investigate how television is adapting to the digital environment, and how audiences are interacting with it in new ways. Our current primary focus is on serialised television crime and detective drama.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of a range of television forms and representational techniques;
  2. analyse and critically reflect on television practices in relation to a variety of television programs;
  3. undertake indepth research and evaluate materials in order to explore complex ideas related to the study of television, with initiative and autonomy;
  4. analyse and interpret varied ways in which television content is informed by, and mediates, cultural themes and social issues; and
  5. interpret, communicate and present complex ideas and arguments, using disciplinary conventions of scholarly writing about media and communications.