2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
SLSP5370M Reality TV: Truth or Fiction?
30 creditsClass Size: 120
Module manager: Dr Kim Allen
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryOn completion of this module students will be able to: Whilst many of the examples used will concern western culture, these examples will be used critically in relation to international cultures. It will enable students to apply the approaches outlined above to a Lifestyle or Reality Television programme of their choice from an international context familiar to them; to show how it reflects, challenges or reproduces the key social and cultural values of its national context.
ObjectivesThis module aims to imbue students with the mastery of high level social science skills to assess and evaluate the popular genres of Lifestyle and Reality Television. Enabling students to critically apply this expertise to a specific national context, genre or social formation.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of and critical engagement with the key theoretical and critical debates within social science concerning Reality and Lifestyle Television
- analyse and evaluate different theories, definitions and forms of Reality and Lifestyle Television
- relate theories of identity to media analysis
- critically engage with the main methodologies of social science appropriate to the study of Reality and Lifestyle Television and evaluate the strengths and limitations of different conceptual frameworks
- demonstrate a mastery of the key texts from the field of the social science concerned with Reality and Lifestyle Television
TV formats such as The Apprentice, Big Brother, The Swan, America’s Next Top Model, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The X-Factor have been exported globally and take on particular flavours in different national settings. In this module students will identify and analyse the similarities and differences between ‘Lifestyle’ and ‘Reality’ TV exploring their production, representation and consumption; How television intervenes into the social, specifically in social divisions / inequalities/ identities in relation to class/ gender/ race/ nationhood/ disability; Lifestyle TV (e.g. homes and gardens shows) consumption practices, taste and distinction; The construction of the nation and citizenship through participant/ contestant selection; ‘Makeover culture’, gender, disability and the body; Reality contestants, the role of ‘character’ and the ‘especially remarkable’; Celebrities and ritual humiliation; Shaming moments and audience empathies; Can reality TV be political or oppositional?; Globalising Lifestyle and Reality TV.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||268.00|
|Total Contact hours||32.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private studyPreparation for lectures, tutorials and assessment.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will be able to submit a short (1,500 max) formative version of their final assessment
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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