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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Therese Davis


Australian television is integral to understandings of national culture. From public service broadcasting to pay TV, or from historical Australian genres such as soap opera, crime and comedy to advertising, television is central to academic discussions of nationhood and identity. This unit looks at the television programming, audience diversity and political institutions that make up Australian television culture. It will survey critical approaches to television history and society, the new television environment shaped by globalisation and new media and notions of television, citizenship and the public sphere from an Australian perspective.


By the completion of this unit students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to: discuss the relationship between the texts and institutions of television and audiences in regards to specific examples; evaluate a number of approaches to the interaction between globalization and television; analyse television texts in relation to theories of popular culture, genre, political economy and audience reception; identify the cultural and economic forces which shape and are reflected in the historical development of Australian television; engage in critical and theoretical debate concerning the impact of the new global television environment for Australian institutions and audiences; critically engage with written and televisual texts in a clear and confident manner in both written and/or oral presentation.


Essay 1 (3000 words) 60%
Visual test (1.5 hours) 30%
Tutorial participation 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Therese Davis

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture, one 1-hour tutorial, one 2-hour screening per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Film and television studies


One unit at first-year level in Film and Television or approved discipline