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Year of entry: 2023
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Global Television Industries
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course introduces students to the study of contemporary television industries in a global context, with a focus on scripted drama from the 2010s onwards. Adopting a Media Industries Studies approach, students will consider how transnational hits such as Top Boy, The Bridge and Sacred Games are shaped by specific industrial forces and practices, often at the national and local levels. Through a combination of creative and analytical work, students will gain deeper insights into industry practices of commissioning and development; production roles and cultures; trade and policy discourses; strategies of placemaking and 'TV tourism'; and the curatorial practices of online streaming platforms. With options to pursue critical research or develop their own TV drama proposal, the course will provide students with functional knowledge of industry practice, as well as critical tools to consider TV drama as a form of national, transnational and global cultural production.
- To introduce students to the approaches and methodologies of Media Industries studies, applied to the study of contemporary TV drama in a ‘global’ context.
- Enabling students to confidently research and analyse TV drama through a variety of industrial ‘texts’ beyond the programme itself.
- To apply selected concepts of globalisation, locality, and cultural geography to think about television as a transnational creative industry.
- To equip students with knowledge and critical tools relevant to both academic research and professional industry practice.
Knowledge and understanding
- Develop a working knowledge of television industry practices, and the various contextual factors that shape trends in contemporary TV drama production and distribution.
- Identify appropriate sources, and apply the methods of media industries studies to an analysis of television beyond the TV text.
- Think critically about discourses of ‘global’ creative industries, and consider the locatedness of TV drama as a form of cultural production and professional practice.
- Identify, critically assess, and apply a variety of industry sources to an academic analysis of TV drama.
- Contextualise the circulation of 'local' and 'global' media forms within appropriate academic and industry debates.
- Undertake guided and independent research into a variety of global television cultures and associated programming trends.
- Be able to articulate and apply relevant contexts to creative practice, written and oral argument and analysis.
- Research both academic and non-academic materials, evaluating the effectiveness of these materials as supporting evidence for seminar presentations, essays and/or creative projects.
- Plan, undertake and evaluate independent critical and creative work.
- Communicate research material verbally, audio-visually and in writing.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Ability to articulate critical arguments about media form and use, from a variety of perspectives beyond the student's direct experience.
- Ability to contextualise and critically assess a variety of media artefacts and public discourses.
- Present and communicate ideas and information in an effective, accessible manner.
- Critical thinking, problem-solving and planning skills; Ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility; Productive team and independent working skills in learning environments that present complex and unpredictable challenges; Ability to effectively adapt self-presentation to different audiences/contexts, especially when communicating complex topics; Ability to manage, complete and evaluate a project effectively.
|Formative or Summative||Weighting within unit (%)|
Individual seminar presentations
Critical Analysis Project: Visual
Consultations on Creative Proposal
Creative Proposal (TV drama pitch)
Critical Analysis Project
|Formative or Summative|
Verbal feedback on seminar presentations
Consultation on assessment proposals
Written feedback on Critical Analysis Project
Written feedback on Proposal OR Essay
- Pertierra, A. C. and Turner, G. (2013). Locating Television: Zones of Consumption. London: Routledge.
- Parks, L. and Kumar, S. (2003) Planet TV: A Global Television Reader. New York: NYU Press.
- Holt, J. and Perren, A. (2011). Media Industries: History, Theory, Method. Chichester: Wiley.
- Lobato, R. (2019). Netflix Nations: The Geography of Global Distribution. New York: NYU Press.
- Lotz, A. D. (2017). Portals: A Treatise on Internet-DIstributed Television. Michigan: Maize Books.
- Mayer, V. (2011). Below the Line: Producers and Production Studies in the New Television Economy. Durham: Duke University Press.
- Curtin, M. and Sanson, K. [eds] (2016). Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labour. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Chow, P. (2021).Transnational Screen Culture in Scandinavia: Mediating Regional Space and Identity in the Øresund Region. Palgrave European Film and Media Studies. Cham: Palgrave MacMillan.
- Straubhaar, J. (2007). World Television: From Global to Local. London: SAGE.
Indicative Case Studies:
Broen/Bron (Sweden/Denmark: SVT1/DR1, 2011-18); Sacred Games (India: Netflix, 2018-19); Panchayaat (India: Amazon, 2020-); Pachinko (USA: Apple TV+, 2022); Bad Banks (Germany/Luxembourg: ZDF/Arte, 2018-); Squid Game (South Korea: Netflix, 2021); McMafia (UK/USA: BBC/AMC, 2016); Top Boy (UK/USA: Channel 4/Netflix, 2011-).
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|Robert Watts||Unit coordinator|