History and Theory of Television


The student must
a). Obtain the instruments and the specific epistemological and theoretical framework in order to develop a conceptualisation and a critical reflection on the audiovisual system and also on the discourse of television as a main media in the media landscape.
b). Understand how political, economic, and legal strategies, weave a perverse web that hampers the transparency of the audiovisual system, its democracy, and so the construction of citizenship and an informed public opinion.
c). Decode, through formal education and through the development of practical work, the realities and fictionalities that television constructs and thus permits a better understanding of the complex relationship between television and reality.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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Teaching language





Bourdieu, Pierre, Sobre a Televisão, Lisboa, Celta, 1997.
Cádima, Francisco Rui, Desafios dos Novos Media, Lisboa, Editorial Notícias, 2001 (2ª edição).
Cádima, Francisco Rui, Salazar, Caetano e a Televisão Portuguesa, Lisboa, Presença, 1996.
Cádima, Francisco Rui, O Fenómeno Televisivo, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1995.
Casetti, Francesco e Chio, Federico di, Analisis de la Televisión - Instrumentos, Métodos y Prácticas de Investigación, Barcelona, Paidós, 1998.

Teaching method

Theoretical and practical (60%/40%), starting in the theoretical problematization of television system and finishing with case studies, particularly on the television in Portugal, while calling the participation of students in discussions on the readings of the supporting literature as well as video and multimedia material.

Evaluation method

Formal evaluation (written text) may be supplemented by individual and/or group work, being also considered the participation of students in class and the quality of its interventions.
Reading and understanding of texts: 35h, 35%
Participation and project development: 25h, 25%
Research project: 40h, 40%

Subject matter

From a genealogical point of view, analyzing the communicational and historical-cultural system, specific to the mass-media, especially to the television, are considered different universes: the emergence of consumerist strategies in transition from post-industrial society to the mass media era; the emergence of television; the experience of the public, the public broadcasting service in the era of competition; and the migration to digital, between other thematic and programmatic content.


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