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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Television Drama
Module Code CM3001
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Debbie Ging
Semester 2: Debbie Ging
Autumn: Debbie Ging
Module TeachersDebbie Ging
John Moran
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module examines a range of methodologies for the critical analysis of television drama to trace the recurring themes, images, plots, settings and modes of characterisation and the patterns of change emerging in these over the years. It reflects on the relationship between the shifting shapes of TV drama and the larger pattern of social experience, to facilitate an intensive study of particular TV drama series.

Learning Outcomes

1. Charcterise the overall terrain of TV drama in the current period
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political, economic and cultural forces shaping TV drama
3. Consider the range of critical concepts for judging TV drama
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of key genres in television drama
5. Apply a range of different analytical frameworks to individual texts and genres

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22in class instruction
Independent Study43viewing of key texts
Independent Study60reading texts, viewing material, writing diary
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

1. Introduction, Theoretical Perspectives on Television Drama

2. Television and new media

3. Television audiences

4. The history of Irish television drama

5. Contemporary Irish television – quality at last?

6. British social realism. Ken Loach, class and television


7. American quality television and HBO – television after TV

9. American quality television and the representational politics of race, gender and sexuality

10. Subtitles as quality? – the new wave of European TV drama and Nordic Noir

11. Antipodean anxiety - The Slap and Top of the Lake

12. Guest lecture

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Allen, Robert and Hill, Annette: 2003, The Television Studies Reader., Routledge,
  • Becker, Ron: 2006, Gay TV and Straight America, Rutgers University Press,
  • Cardwell, S.: 2007, Quality TV: Contemporary American Television and Beyond, Is Quality Television Any Good? Generic Distinctions, Evaluations and the Troubling Matter of Critical Judgement, IB Tauris,
  • Caughie, J.: 2000, Television Drama: Realism, Modernism and British Culture,
  • Cooke, L.: 2003, British television drama: a history.,
  • Fiske, J.: 1987, Television Culture,
  • Sheehan, H.: 1987, Irish Television Drama: A Society and its Stories (Available on Doras),
  • Sheehan, H. .: 0, Tracking the tiger: the continuing story of Irish television drama. (Available on DORAS),
  • Spigel, Lynn: 2014, Television After TV: Essays on a Medium in Transition. Duke University Press, 2014.,
  • Turner, Graeme and Tay, Jinna: 2009, Television Studies After TV: Understanding Television in the Post-Broadcast Era., Taylor & Francis,
  • Weber, Brenda (Ed.): 2014, Reality Gendervision: Sexuality and Gender on Transatlantic Reality Television, Duke University Press,
  • Bignell, Lace & Macmurraugh-Kavanagh (Ed): 2000, British Television Drama: Past, Present & Future,
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