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Unit information: Close-Up on Television in 2019/20

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Unit name Close-Up on Television
Unit code FATV10004
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Piper
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit equips students with skills in academic writing, primarily focusing on television programmes but more widely applicable to film and other screen media, bringing together textual analysis with appropriate contextual concerns. Students will encounter a range of television genres and be introduced to some of the critical debates relevant to them. They will work on and research a particular case study and develop skills of writing specific to that programme and the issues that surround it.

The unit aims for students are:

  • to develop skills in essay writing and academic conventions;
  • to develop skills in the disciplinary conventions in writing about film and television;
  • to develop skills of formal analysis of television;
  • to explore ideas of medium specificity and draw upon these ideas for independent work;
  • to develop the skills necessary to pursue an independent research project which involves situating and critically analysing a programme of choice.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse and critically evaluate television programmes, drawing upon a range of sources appropriate to research;
  2. Gather, organise and deploy ideas and information in order to formulate arguments cogently, and express them effectively in writing;
  3. Produce work which is informed by, and contextualised within, relevant theoretical issues and debates;
  4. Show awareness of different narrative forms, generic conventions, modes of address, and deploy this knowledge in the context of textual analysis;
  5. Develop an individual research interest and find, select and use material appropriate to the pursuit of this.

Teaching details

Weekly 1-hour seminar + weekly 2-hours illustrated lecture

Assessment Details

1500 word essay (30%) ILO 1-4

2500 word essay (70%) ILO 1-5

Reading and References

Lury, K. (2005) Interpreting Television, London: Hodder Arnold.

Creeber, G. (2015) The Television Genre Book, London: BFI

Additional readings will relate to the specific case studies that are chosen.