TV and Digital Realities

Vassilis Vamvakas

EUJ212 TV and Digital Realities


About This Course

Course Description

This course concentrates on the various ways television has culturally influenced the modern societies but also the role it plays in the era of media convergence. The main issue that will be examined is the gradual change of television from a medium characterizing mass communication to that which inaugurates the culture of individualization. A historical approach to the entertaining TV genres and the narratives and types of identification offered by them will be applied. Issues of adapting globalized (and mainly American) TV symbolic products to certain political, social and cultural expectations and stereotypes will be questioned. Reception studies concerning TV audiences will be examined and applied to certain contemporary TV products (mostly series), especially these that are considered to construct a “quality” TV culture the last decades. The diffusion of these products through the world of internet and the increasing formation of TV fandom in digital terms will be a subject of great research interest.


Type of work Description Hours
Lectures Thirteen 3-hours lectures 39
Independent study Study of compulsory and optional literature 40-45
In Class presentation Presentation of main contemporary researches in the field 20-25
Research Search and analyze media discourses concerning public and private issues 35-40
Written assignments Essay (5000 words) 120-140
Total workload 254-289


Type of assessment Learning outcome Impact on final grade Date of assessment
Participation in group work and discussion 1-2 20% Regularly
In Class presentation 1-2 30% 8th-12th week
Written assignment (essay) 1-4 50% 12th week

Recommended Reading

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