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Television, Memory And The Archive FTV4073

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course explores the relationship between television and memory, and the role of the archive in our understanding of this relationship.


10 x 5 hour long weekly meetings, where each meeting includes a screening, lecture and a seminar

Requirements of Entry

Successful entry to Honours in Film and Television Studies


Presentation (15 mins + 5 mins questions): Presentation on the '21st Century Archive'

End of course essay (3,000 words): to be selected from list of questions or devised in consultation with tutor

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

1. To explore key debates on the relationship between memory and audio-visual culture, focusing specifically on television.

2. To consider the significance of memory and nostalgia for specific televisual forms

3. To examine the status of the television archive - past, present and future

4. To consider the use of the television archive and it's significance for understandings of television history, aesthetics and criticism

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key issues and debates on the relationship between memory and television

2. Build textual analysis skills suitable for the analysis of the forms and representations of memory and nostalgia on television

3. Develop an understanding of the history and status of the television archive and the challenges and potentials offered by new media forms

4. Develop transferable skills including working in groups, presentational skills and handling of AV material

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.