Saturday, 15 October 2011

Teaching GCSE Media Studies

Why study the Media?

The aims of the GCSE course are to enable students to:

· Develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to them and to the world in which they live

· Develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives

· Develop their practical production skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity

Key Concepts

Underpinning the GCSE course are the four major concepts of:

· Media Language (forms and conventions)
· Institutions
· Audiences
· Representation

Through studying these concepts students are encouraged to become independent analytical learners who question and challenge the shaping of dominant ideologies in our society. Alongside this their creative skills are developed through accessing the latest media technologies to produce their own media products.

Introductory Unit: Introduction to the Media

We live in a Media saturated world, in which the technological landscape is constantly changing and evolving, offering people more opportunities to both consume and create media products. As teachers of the Media it is essential that we have a working knowledge of contemporary media issues alongside a secure understanding of new media technologies.

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