MEST3520 – TV- theory
The course provides an introduction and overview over key theoretical contributions within the area of television research. It is focused round a sustained attention to these key texts, their epistemological premises, modes of argumentation and influence in the area of television theory and analysis.
Key learning aims:
- providing knowledge of and insight into a fragmented and complex theoretical terrain in a relatively early stage of formation,
- transmitting an ability to discuss and contextualise key texts.
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Recommended previous knowledge
Presuposes a basic academic knowledge of textual and critical theory, equvalent to that provided for instance in Jeremy Butler (2002) Television: Critical Methods and Applications. Mahwah (NJ): Lawrence Erlbaum.
Teaching the course is done:
- through introductory lectures,
- through groups that prepare presentations on the key texts.
Evaluation is done on the basis of a term paper of 2500 words (+/- 20%) that discusses the contribution of one key text in light of a selection of other relevant texts. Letter-grades.