This module offers an introduction to the scholarly study of television as an audio-visual medium and cultural practice. By the end of the module you will be familiar with a number of key themes, critical approaches and theoretical debates within television studies, as well as having developed skills in the critical textual analysis of both fictional and factual television programming. The module is primarily concentrated on theories of television as a medium and its specific audio-visual forms, but we will also touch on questions of ideology, circulation and reception. While drawing on some examples from other national contexts, the primary focus of the module is the British and US television landscapes. Similarly, while the module provides some basic knowledge of certain specific histories of the television medium, and may include screenings of some older programmes, the main focus is contemporary television.