Course Title: Television Cultures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Television Cultures

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr. Glen Donnar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8073

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine a range of topics and approaches in television studies. The course provides you with an overview of key themes in this field, including recent theories relating to popular culture and methods of textual analysis. You will also explore practices of consumption, and issues of taste and audience formation. You will evaluate televisual texts, giving you opportunities to explore how television has developed and is changing as a popular, cultural and aesthetic medium.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Examine television studies theories, concepts and terminology.
  • Apply critical textual analysis to selected televisual texts.
  • Investigate and discuss current topics of debate around television as a cultural form.
  • Critically evaluate television as a popular, cultural and aesthetic medium.

Program Learning Outcomes

If you are enrolled in this course as a contextual studies course you will develop the following program learning outcome:

  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study.

For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication - Professional Communication (BP222SIM), you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on professional communication in both local and international contexts

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include written and oral reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: