Postgraduate Courses

FAM4017F Advanced Television Analysis

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener

Dr. Litheko Modisane

Entrance requirements

Acceptance for an Honours programme.

Course outline

This course in television analysis aims to introduce students to innovative and challenging theoretical approaches to television analysis while developing skills in close textual analysis. The course will contextualise these approaches in relation to the challenges posed by television as an object of study. Building on the work undertaken in the undergraduate film and media studies courses, this course will develop and extend students’ analytical skills and their theoretical knowledge of the field of television studies. Students will be introduced to important past and current television texts and to a range of television genres and forms. This course is designed to complement the production and screenwriting courses in the Honours in Film Theory and Practice programme by paying close attention to television sound, image, serial narrative, and approaches to television style.

DP requirements

Attendance at all classes; punctual submission of written work.


Seminar presentation (15%) Short research essay (35%) Long research essay (50%)