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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: SOC2024 Module Title: TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOC2024
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: SANDVOSS C Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Seminar and ULearn participation 15% 
3000 word essay (35%) 
One examination (50%)



Module Overview

This module explores the medium of television and its impact on social, cultural and political life as well as its interplay with other forms of mediated communication through the study of television entertainment. It introduces students to a variety of approaches to the study of television entertainment through the analysis of institutions, audiences, and genres of television. Students will be introduced to a range of theoretical perspectives on the relationship between television entertainment and contemporary social change and encouraged to scrutinise the implications of these transformations on future industry practice and broadcasting policy.


Module Aims
Learning Outcomes

The module learning outcomes are to facilitate and build students’ knowledge and understanding of


·         the interplay between modernity, entertainment and television


·         textual and generic traditions of television entertainment


·         intertextuality and flow in television entertainment


·         the economic material basis of television entertainment


·         the technological framing of television production and consumption and


·         the political and social significance of television entertainment


Module Content

The following topics will be covered: the formation of modern entertainment and the rise of broadcast media; history of television entertainment; television sport; reality television; political entertainment; television entertainment and spectacle; television comedy; television drama and soaps; Quality television; cartoons and animations; the globalisation of television entertainment; television entertainment, gender and family; television entertainment and new media.


Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals

Abercrombie, N. (1996). Television and Society. Cambridge : Polity Press


Abercrombie, N. and Longhurst, B. (1998) Audiences, London : Sage


Crawford, G. (2004) Consuming Sport, London : Routledge.


Fiske, J. (1987) Television Culture, London: Methuen


Goldlust, J. (1987) Playing for Keeps: Sport, the Media and Society, Cambridge : Polity Press.


Gray, J. (2008) Television Entertainment, London : Routledge.


Hartley, J. (2007) Television Truths: Forms of Knowledge in Popular Culture, Wiley Blackwell,


Oxford .


Livingstone, S. (1998). Making Sense of Television, 2nd edition, London : Routledge


Lotz, A. (2007) The Television will be revolutionized, NYU Press New York .


Miler, T. (2004) Global Hollywood 2, BFI Publishing, London .


Rowe, D. (1999) Sport, Culture and the Media, Buckingham: Open University Press.


Sandvoss, C. (2003) A Game of Two Halves: Football, Television and Globalization, Comedia,


Routledge: London and New York .


Silverstone, R. (1994) Television and Everyday Life, London : Routledge


Steemers, J. (2004) Selling Television: British Television in the Global Marketplace, BFI Publishing,


London .



Last Updated
September 2010