FS20130 History of Television

Academic Year 2023/2024

*** Not available in the academic year indicated above ***

This module approaches the history of television from an institutional, formal and cultural perspective. In examining the inception of television broadcasting in the UK and the USA, students will encounter concepts such as the 'public service' ethos that characterised the former, and the commercial prioritisation marking the latter, and, as the module progresses note the adjustment of such positioning over time through comparative assessment. The history of television in Ireland will also be established within these conceptual parameters. In addition to tracing television from its origins to the 'post-network' age, students will also consider the future of television, examining emerging models of television distribution such as 'on demand' broadcasting, and consider the implications new providers such as Netflix have for established television channels as well as the impact of new media platforms such as Twitter and YouTube on older formats.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Goals By the end of this course, you should be able to:
•Explain the industrial/commercial format of US television and contrast with the UK public service model
•Explain the mixed public service and industrial format of Irish television and discuss how it came to be that way
•Explain the history of the major US networks as well as their UK and Irish equivalents and the significance of the network structure through various periods of television history
•Assess the impact of changing technologies on the form, industrial operations, and viewer experience of TV
•Appreciate how TV is influenced by and influences social and cultural trends
•Recognize different programming strategies and their implications

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a lecture module. Students may engage in discussion, group work, presentations, other in-class activities, or take-home tasks. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students will be expected to have taken level one film studies modules and be acquainted with the introductory text books used in Perspectives on Film I and Perspectives on Film II. This is an intermediate course.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FS30080 - History of Television

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Mid-term essay Week 5 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: TV Pitch draft for feedback Week 10 n/a Graded No


Essay: TV Pitch Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Mr Eoin O'Gaora Tutor
Miss Natasha Waugh Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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