University of Newcastle Australia program

Peak TV

Identify the relationship between television texts and their various contexts.

This program is part of the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by The University of Newcastle Australia

Explore the development and evolution of Peak TV, and discover where it is going

This course examines television texts while interrogating the many forces that influence television's production, distribution, and reception. These are explored through television programming from the recent so-called 'golden age of television'. In the 21st Century, television has undergone rapid technological and industrial changes, which has shaped television content. ‘Peak TV’ refers to the massive expansion in the number of TV channels, distributors, and shows. Streaming video-on-demand platforms like Netflix and Stan provide an online distribution network for older series while also becoming niche content creators, enabling new kinds of television. How we watch television has also changed, as evident with the popularity of binge watching and second screening. We will explore all these facets of contemporary television with close attention to specific television series and television genres.


4 courses

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Who will you learn with?

I am a Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the relationship between television texts and their various contexts.

  2. Examine key issues and debates emerging in contemporary television studies research.

  3. Articulate an argument about recent television texts, industry and contexts.

  4. Use scholarly literature to analyse television case studies.

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