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    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeachingTime Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesIntroduction to Media • Brainstorm how free students feel the • Use of structured mind mapping • Students will need prompts to initiateRegulation press is in its reporting in the UK exercises discussion of this topic. It may be useful to supplement found case studies with one or two contemporary examples • Students to evaluate different case • Photocopy pages 69-77 from The studies of press misrepresentation Tabloid Press: A Teachers Guide, Jo • In groups, students evaluate what the Wilcock, Auteur Publishing 2001 issues are in each case study. Each group is to feedback to the rest of the class • Consider ethical issues. Are there any? • Homework: write an evaluation of case • Provide a writing frame for homework, • It is important to ensure that students are studies from class and address the which demonstrates ‘How to evaluate’ aware of which skill you are assessing question: Do we have a free press? media debate = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 1 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesIntroduction: the Press is self • Teacher led explanation that the Press • The website address for the PCC is: • Students begin to make the moveregulated in the UK is self-regulated http://www.pcc.org.uk towards becoming fully independent • Students to investigate what is learners at A2 Media Studies. • A press Free and Responsible: Self Encourage students to research their understood by self regulation through Regulation and the Press ComplaintsWhat is the nature of research on the internet and the role of own ideas Commission 1991-2001, by R.contemporary media the Press Complaints Commission Shannon, Chapter 17, John Murrayregulation compared with publishers 2001. This reference willprevious practices? provide extended and advanced reading for the student • Reading exercise on introduction to • A good introduction to the topic of • Students should do individual reading regulation and control. Students will be press and regulation is an A4 reading and group evaluation of the case study asked their opinions about the historical exercise on regulation and control. of Elton John ‘Elton John v. The Sun’ case study Pages are adapted from the Essential • Plenary: Student PowerPoint’s on the Media Studies book, Phillip Rayner et role of the PCC al, Routledge • Homework: reading activity on a brief • Provide questions for students to answer History of Press Standards from the reading exercise. This will assist in the structuring of their own ideas = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea2 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesWhat is the nature of • Introduction to a brief history of the PCC • ‘The Good, The Bad and the • This is a difficult read, but one worthcontemporary media • Begin with a reading activity of the Unacceptable’ by Raymond Snoddy, persevering with. Provide a structuredregulation compared with beginning of chapter six from ‘The Faber and Faber 1992 reading activity.previous practices? Good, The Bad and the Unacceptable’ • This historical case study from ‘The Good, The Bad and the Unacceptable’ provides a starting point for which the students can develop judgements about the role of the press • Feel free to substitute any case study here • Investigate post Calcutt Report – • Provide a photocopy of summary of • There is also an ideal opportunity to students are to produce a timeline of history of press standards, from The discuss the term ‘the gutter press’ and significant events and occurrences to the Newspaper Handbook, Richard consider journalist ethics and code of PCC (this is linked to the homework set Keeble, Routledge London 2001 conduct (as extension exercise) last session) • Homework: What key developments • Plenary: students will evaluate the have there been in the development of significance of the Gordon Kaye case the regulation of the press? study and how the PCC was established = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 3 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesHow effective is the PCC • In groups students read worksheet on • Worksheet on the press code of practice to be • Teachers can provide a PowerPoint the code of practice of the PCC? provided summary of the code of practice They will be able to summarise the purpose of the code and its guidelines • Students investigate a case study of • Pages 44-48 The Tabloid Press: A Teacher’s the practice of ‘chequebook Guide journalism’: Rose West trial/Angus Deayton, for example • Investigate the role of the paparazzi. • Phone tapping scandal: Students do historical research into o http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5258158.stm the death of Princess Diana, Kate Middleton’s phone tapping of royals o http://media.guardian.co.uk/mediag phone 2006 uardian/story/0,,2036939,00.html = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea4 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Homework: essay ‘To what extent can • Provide extended reading exercise for • Plenary how effective is the PCC in the PCC be considered a toothless all students in encouraging them to regulating the press? tiger?’ reference academic debate into the • This reference for extended reading may • What other options are available? Look effectiveness of the PCC need to be structured for the students at examples from other countries • For example: A Press Free and accompanied by a set of questions Responsible: Self Regulation and the to respond to Press Complaints Commission 1991-2001, by R. Shannon Chapter 17, John Murray publishers 2001Should the press be more • There is a belief that the British media • Introduce European Convention onregulated? operate in an environment that protects Human Rights and Universal ‘free speech’. Students are to discuss declaration of free speech (articles 8 this statement in two opposing groups: and 10 in particular) those who believe that we have free speech and those who do not • Students can compare two theoretical • Prepare two opposing arguments by • Teachers can supplement the arguments approaches pluralist v. Marxist ideas of a photocopying a liberal pluralist position with reference to ideology/the news and free press on the Press and a Marxist position on political representations. Please the press. The worksheet is adopted reference Studying the Media, T. from Investigating Mass Media by Paul O’Sullivan et al, Arnold 2002 Trowler, Collins London 1996 = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 5 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • In groups students prepare arguments • Teachers to work with students to • End session with a whole class debate. for and against these theoretical consider how to present these difficult Write summary/key points on the IWB positions theoretical positions • Homework to evaluate the question should the press be more regulated?What is the issue with wider • Introduction to the work of Noam • Students to research the background • There is an ideal opportunity at thismedia (press) regulation? Chomsky of Chomsky’s academic work using stage to consider how the internet ownership/advertising and other external constraints exist on the press • Provide context and background for the • Photocopy the opening pages of the • These are important considerations in students introduction to Manufacturing Consent, relation to how free the press is in this • Screen ‘Manufacturing Consent’ Noam Chomsky, Pantheon 2002 country • Using worksheets students will identify • Worksheet will ask students to • Chomsky’s view can be used as a critical the five filters that Chomsky argues demonstrate knowledge and approach to press regulation in the UK manufacture consent understanding of Chomsky’s ‘five • These filters are advertising, flak, elite filters’ of systematic propaganda groups, ideology and news sources • Homework: Write an evaluation of • Provide an essay structure to • Students are to evaluate Chomsky’s Chomsky’s position in relation to the Chomsky’s arguments. Encourage ideas in relation to the notion that the UK British Press students to apply Chomsky’s ideas to has a free press and should not be the British Press regulated = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea6 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Students are to consider the landmark • Photocopies of case study and • There is clear debate to be discussed: Naomi Campbell case on privacy. newspaper articles on Naomi will greater regulation lead to a curb on Should Britain have a privacy law? Campbell case study individual and press freedom? You can What implications exist for such a law? return to the debate on how effective • Set up a debate between two groups of self-regulation is for the press and media students on ‘Should a privacy law exist industries in the UK’? One group of students should chair the meeting • • Evaluate findings as a class, write a • Set up classroom for a formal debate – summary of the arguments into a spider two opposing groups for and against, diagram with one group acting as ‘Chair’ on the • Students to consider how free the press discussion are to report the news. Using worksheet • Prepare a spider diagram for students on Freedom of the Press, students to complete should evaluate how free the press is in the UK • Homework: Should Britain have a • Students to be encouraged to • Research is also needed into the Privacy Law? research the topic of privacy, which Universal Declaration of Human Rights also includes for example, information (1948) and European Convention of on defamation, contempt, data Human Rights 1953 protection = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 7 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesThe Advertising Industry: • Begin with a reading exercise of an • Photocopy article ‘Keeping it Legal, • The idea here is to provide anInvestigation of the roles of interview with Claire Forbes, Director of decent, honest and truthful’ Regulating opportunity for students to investigatethe Advertising Standards Communications at The Advertising Advertising, Claire Forbes, Media the ASA website Standards Authority Magazine, pp18-20, December 2002Agency • Student’s enquiry into why advertising • You will need to access three • Students can develop their knowledge standards exist. Students to examine controversial images. Here is an and understanding of media regulation three adverts, which have breached the opportunity for students to research and widen this with the investigation of standards code. Then evaluate the and carry out independent enquiry into the ASA verdicts of each adjudication contemporary case studies. • Can any one from the ASA give a lecture • Then in groups they evaluate the • Plenary: Why do we need the talk to the students? significance of these breaches in advertising standards agency? http://www.asa.org.uk/asa/adjudications and standards? select three recently adjudicated cases • Homework: Evaluate the evidence that • Question: Why are these standards we need the ASA breached? Produce a prompt sheet to help the student’s structure their answer = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea8 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesRegulation of advertising • Contemporary history to advertising • Need to prepare reading on the history • Teaching the history of the advertising standards: understanding changes. of the advertising standards history standards can be challenging. DO Who is the advertising standards • The constitution of the ASA can be ensure that any reading activity is authority constituted? found at www.asa.org accompanied by a prompt question sheet • Students can revisit the website from • There is an ideal ICT opportunity. last lesson and profile the role of the Students at this advanced level should ASA. They should be prepared to give a be able to discriminate between presentation using PowerPoint to the relevant and irrelevant points to raise. class More able students will be able to apply learnt ideas regarding media regulation from work on the press • Plenary: Group evaluation into the effectiveness of the ASA = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 9 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesCase study: Why do we need • Students look at a range of Benetton • Photocopy worksheets which adapt • This is a good resource to adapt andregulation of advertising? adverts and assess the controversial the Benetton case study in the introduces the controversial nature of nature of the advertising campaign Advertising pack, pages 106-110, Benetton advertising • Students in groups should make value produced by the English and Media • This is a resource for a GCSE studentBenetton: A case study judgements as to the nature of the Centre pack, but if adapted correctly is a very current Benetton campaigns • http://press.benettongroup.com/ good introduction to regulation of ben_en/about/campaigns/history advertising standards • A good resource... Dolce and Gabbana case studies might also be helpful = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea10 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesCase study of print • Students are to examine the Silver • Use article from the Media Magazine • It may be possible to have a visitingadvertisements: Barnardo’s Spoon Campaign and evaluate the • Use the Silver Spoons advertising speaker from Barnardos to speak withSilver Spoon campaign issues affecting the representation of campaign information. Information is the students children in advertising and why these also available at • This makes a very good case study into are considered a vulnerable group in media regulation society http://www.barnardos.org.uk/resources/ resources_students/resources • Students read the Steve Connolly article • Photocopy article by Steve Connolly • This part of the scheme of work will ‘Too Shocking for Words’. Students to from Media Magazine, April 2004, provide detailed examples for students address set questions about the pages 7-9, which specifically focuses on to use in the exam. Encourage students campaign and why advertising the Silver Spoons campaign to investigate their own examples found regulations were breached and teachers can supplement the arguments with more contemporary examples • Homework: Read example of Children • Need to photocopy pages 244/245 from • Plenary: What happens when the codes in Barnardos advertising and identify Media Studies: The Essential of advertising are broken? Are why the advert was banned Introduction by P. Rayner et al, adjudications effective in constraining? Routledge 2001 = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 11 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesWhat role does OFCOM have • Teacher led explanation that OFCOM is • It can be suggested that studentsin regulating advertising? the independent regulator for the themselves research the website communications industries http://www.ofcom.org.uk • Students are to read the article ‘Banning • Worksheet with specific questions and • This work on OFCOM is needed in Ads’ by Sandy Star photocopies ‘Banning Ads’ by Sandy considering how television adverts are Star, Media Magazine, February 2005 regulated • Students will then in paired activities • Students can use the IWB to provide a address the question ‘What adverts are summary of points to make banned by OFCOM. The students need to justify the reasons behind the banning • Homework: Is the role OFCOM play in • Provide essay-writing frames for the • An extended activity would be the the media an effective form of students to complete the work reading of the article ‘security or sales regulation? talk’? Financial services advertising. Jerome Monahan, Media Magazine, September 2003 • This extension task provides further evidence of the role of regulation in advertising = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea12 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Contemporary Media RegulationTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesHow effective is the • Students should prepare a presentation • Student folders for this activity are a • This exercise may take several lessonsadvertising standards agency which address this question: must and can be introduced earlier in thein the regulation of advertising “How effective is the advertising scheme of work if necessarystandards standards agency in the regulation of advertising standards” • Allow the students to do the presentation in threes. • Then an ‘apprentice’ like chair will ask • Show students brief extract of ‘The • This brings some enjoyable learning to questions about the presentation Apprentice’ in order to understand the the end of a synoptic unit of work. Do • This will allow for a question and answer format of the exercise spend time working on this exercise – it session. Other students are to record can be really rewarding each other’s ideas • At the end the chair will provide summaries about the talks as key points for a written essay assignment • Essay question: • Need to provide essay-writing frames “How effective is media regulation?” for the students to complete the work = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 13 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Global MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesGlobal Media: • What do we understand by the term • Provide a definition of globalisation • Students need to research the idea of globalisation? from ‘The complete A-Z Media and global products in order to think aroundAn introduction to global Communication Handbook’ by Stuart national boundariesmedia in relation to a PriceHollywood film • Also be aware that it is worth exploring alternative resources for definitions of ‘globalisation’ • Brainstorm a list of global products. • Opportunity for internet research. • Student’s knowledge and understanding Which media companies or products are Students can list companies and types of the concept of globalisation will be at the top of the list? What characterises of products produced into charts using embedded by examples of global these products? excel products and territories. An extension • Students then address the question what exercise may focus on a case study of kinds of media are increasingly global in News Corporation for example. This can terms of production and distribution be referenced by the pp299-308 a case study of News Corporation, in the Media Student’s Book, second edition, Gill Branston and Roy Stafford, Routledge 1999 • Homework: How important is the growth • Reading exercise: Hollywood and the of worldwide media networks? World, by Toby Miller in American Cinema and Hollywood, Ed. by John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson OUP, New York 2000 = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea14 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Global MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesHistorical case study of • Students to research the extent of • Introductory article to Disney Studio. • Students should develop knowledge andDisney Disney’s global empire. Focus may be Students to use research skills to understanding of the development of on film sales and distribution of identify global success of Disney Disney studios. They will understand contemporary examples studios. This website is very useful: how Disney dominates animationHow have global media http://licensing.disney.com/login/ globally, by the consolidation anddeveloped, in historical terms, displayLogin.do?Locale=en takeover of Pixar Studiosand how inclusive is this trend • Extended reading activity for students: • Disney’s Business History: A • This article will demand a lot of thein reality? Disney’s Business History: A reinterpretation by Douglas Gomery, students, but does provide an overview reinterpretation. Students will read the from Disney Discourse: Producing the in Disney’s history, which is important for article as a class Magic Kingdom, Eric Smoodin (ed.) students to understand Routledge 1994 • Students will then address a series of • Provide a set of questions which will • ‘How Pixar conquered the planet’ by questions about Disney’s dominance help the students outline the key Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian 12 over animation in a global market issues with the development of Disney November 2004 – a useful article as a global and dominant media conglomerate • Homework: What factors have made Disney such a successful and global conglomerate? = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 15 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Global MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesGlobal Branding Disney’s • Students are to investigate the • Use a current Disney film and • This case study approach enablespractice of synergy and desire significance of the release of a current demonstrate how branding and students to develop an application ofto cross-market products Disney film in the UK. Students then licensing are important globally theoretical ideas, which can be applied present these findings to the class • This is an ICT opportunity for students to their own independent investigationsthrough licensing – increasingglobal dominance • Address these two questions: to use specified search engines and “What extent does Disney cross-market it web sites to perform critical research products?” “How significant is the issue of licensing?” • Then students will look at Disney’s • The teacher will need to ensure that • This website is extremely useful for the global markets and look at the sites are available to research students to explore. There is lots of similarities between the UK and the rest Disney’s global distribution: usable information available about of the world http://www.unionnetwork.org/unimei.nsf/ Disney’s global empire specialissues?openpage • Homework: Evaluate Disney’s global • Reading exercise: ‘Disney’s Magic dominance. Is it fulfilling audience Kingdom is still standing’ by William demands or simply an example of Cedarwell, The Guardian 19 global; media power and dominance? December 2004 = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea16 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Global MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesIssue of Media Imperialism • In groups students to investigate what is • Studying the Media, second edition, T. • This is a difficult topic to assess, the meant by media imperialism O’Sullivan et al, Arnold London 1998 reading of the article, will help students • They are to read pp 287-291 of Studying pp 287-291 understand the concept of media the Media. Then students in groups imperialism apply these arguments to the case study of Disney • Students then read pp 291-294 of • Studying the Media, second edition, T. Studying the Media, and evaluate the O’Sullivan et al, Arnold, London 1998 significance of media imperialism pp 291-294 • Homework: explain the arguments for • An extended reading assignment for and against media imperialism students can be found in Media Institutions and Audiences: Key Concepts in Media Studies, Nick Lacey, Palgrave, Hampshire, 2002 pp 79-88 (focus is on MTV) = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 17 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Global MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesOther national animation – • Teacher led presentation of non-Disney • Include case studies on non-Disney • Although this is an extreme example ofselling non western images animation, which demonstrates other animation in particular. Japanese animation, it still represents a Japanese forms of global animation animation. It may be possible to show tradition of animation which challenges the animation sequence from Kill Bill typical Disney images Volume 1. Link to Manga as export animation for global audiences • Students to research a case study into • http://www.onlinegibli.com • Screening opportunity for a Studio Gibli Studio Gibli. film • Students will investigate Spirited Away an Oscar winning animation • Homework: To evaluate the global • Extension exercise: how does Studio success of Studio Gibli as a Japanese Gibli distribute it’s films to a global animator who successfully sales to the audience Far East and US marketsImplications of globalisation • Student read pp 279-287 Studying the • Studying the Media, second edition, T. • Students will need to elucidate a debate Media in the consequences of O’Sullivan et al, Arnold, London 1998 about the implications of media globalisation pp 279-287 imperialism • Reading of the Vivendi-Universal case • Reading of the Vivendi-Universal case study. Answer the questions at the end study from A2 Media Studies: The of the case study Essential Introduction = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea18 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Global MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Students then evaluate how globalisation is a process not simply from the US to the rest of the world • Homework: Assess the notion that globalisation is not simply one-way trafficCase study: Apple • Students research Apple’s walled • Students investigate the concept of a • Comparison could be made with an garden: search products/services wall garden by visiting www.apple.com AOL/Time Warner case study available. They are to evaluate the • For an investigation into the extent that Apple sales are global in achievements of the ipod and itunes characteristics see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/ • What advantages are there for Apple • Entertainment/4750744.stm with a global online distribution service? • Branding: synergy on a global basis. • Media magazine: Synergy Rules OK?, • The success of Apple as a global media Students are to investigate Apple’s Nick Lacey, December 2005 company is premised on its ability to branding and synergy practices brand itself to different global markets • Homework: What are implications for Apple’s global audience: friend or foe? = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 19 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Global MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesConvergence and Global • Teacher led explanation of the role of • Consider investigating new • A discussion should ensue about local,Media the internet in the Global media. Is this a technology: podcast, blogging and national and global boundaries and how democratising process for global websites such as MySpace and You audiences transcend these audiences? Tube as emancipatory and global communication networks • Students are to evaluate the benefits • Photocopy pages 276-279 Studying • Student’s evaluation of his or her own and disadvantages of using the internet. the Media, Tim O’Sullivan et al, experiences should be discussed and This should be assessed through the second edition, Arnold, London 1998 then applied to academic reading on the students own opinions and reading of internet. Consider how powerful the handout on the internet internet is in relation to global communications. This can include a discussion of mobile phone technology • Students watch Steve Jobs keynote • Watch Steve Jobs Keynote address: speech on the Apple iPhone http://www.apple.com/ Quicktime/gtv/mwsf07 • Homework: Does convergence matter in • Reading activity: Why Convergence global media for global audiences Matters by Gavin Luhrs, Media Magazine, September 2002, English and Media Centre = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea20 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Global MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesCase study: Nintendo Wii • Demonstrate the Nintendo Wii as • Nintendo Wii if available for • Consider what the argument for and Games technology. In the classroom, demonstration against global media, in relation to set up the Nintendo Wii and go through content, access, representation and menu and demonstrate a game of Wii identity tennis • Students are to consider how the Wii is • The key to this case study is in • It is possible to compare the Wii and its targeting a global market with its understanding how the origins of impact in a global environment concept. Students will investigate how global synergy actually in process compared to Playstation 3 or PSP. For the main principles of the Wii are based since the release of the Nintendo Wii further resources on this use the case on competition, rather than conflict and late 2006 study on the Sony PSP from AS Meida evaluate how this appeals to a gobal Studies for OCR family audience, rather than traditional male dominated games audiences • Homework: Design a questionnaire into • Design a template for the the gaming habits of teenagers. questionnaire Distribute and evaluate feelingsConclusions: What is the real • Students to evaluate the issues • Student folders/homework • This is an ideal opportunity to checkimpact of globalisation? How surrounding global media. In groups assignments/essays etc. students folders are in ordercan this be measured? brainstorm the key points = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 21 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 45 Hours Topic Global MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Students then feedback from the groups • This is an ideal ICT opportunity • Students then ‘blog’ their summaries they are in to the whole class. The class about globalisation and its impact on the then devise a mind map of the key audience issues. This can be completed on the IWB • Next students examine a range of • Apply mark schemes and sample questions that could be asked on global assessment material to the questions media. The students create these set themselves and provide model answers to them = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea22 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesNational identity in British • What does it mean to be British? • Images and props can be used to • Students should try to think of Britain asCinema Students explore the concept of stimulate discussion a collective and avoid just thinking of Britishness. Mind map out ideas in pairs English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish identity. and feedback to the class. Categorise If this occurs it can form the basis of a into historical and current values and useful discussion also into specific countries e.g. Scottish, Welsh etc • What is a British film? Students to list as • Film posters for British films and • This will be primarily based on students many films they consider British as American films made in the UK e.g. own knowledge and supported by the possible justifying why. Compile central Harry Potter teachers knowledge. A definition of what list and identify common features e.g. www.imbd.com a British film is can be found at cast, crew, funding, location and content www.culture.gov.uk • The IMDB can also be used as this has images of posters used alongside production companies involved in the film = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 23 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching TimeTopic outline Suggested teaching and homework Suggested resources Points to note activities • Construction of a timeline of key films • Either prepare task sheets with some and movements in British Cinema. basic information about British Cinema Students investigate a set period and movements or use the Internet and produce a poster/sheet with information allocate students a set period to about period/movement research • Screening of a British film either • ‘My summer of love’ (Pawlikowski • The choice of films should suit the group historical or contemporary that can be 2004) of students that you are teaching. used to illustrate British values and show • ‘A room for Romeo Brass’ (Meadows Depending on the time constraints it may a specific genre e.g. Social realism 1999) be worth screening two films from differing periods to illustrate a shift in • ‘If…’ (Anderson 1968) values • Follow up to screening. In what ways • Clip from film 3-5 minutes long • This session can be made more student could this film be seen as British? In centred by providing a number of pairs students could try and identify all different clips on computers and letting the ways they consider the film to be the students analyse them before British. Does it represent any British feeding back to the class values? Is it made/set in Britain? Is its main audience British? • Close analysis of clip from chosen film – focus on how camerawork, editing, mise- en-scène and sound create meaning = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea24 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Close analysis of clip from chosen film – • This session differs from the one above focus on how camerawork, editing, mise- through by having students begin to en-scène and sound create meaning practice writing about the film clip, this • Students to identify one thing they think work can be both self and peer assessed makes the film British and to write a paragraph explaining how it does this using an example from the film • Screening of a second British film either • Should be able to act as a contrast to • As mentioned earlier this film could act historical or contemporary that can be film one, for example a contemporary as either a counterpoint or a supporting used to illustrate British values and show (post 2000) social realist film film to the first screening a specific genre e.g. Social realism = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 25 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesRepresentations of • What does youth culture mean? • Images and props can be used to • The images chosen should representYouth/Youth Culture in British Students explore the concept of Youth stimulate discussion key youth culture movements such asCinema and youth culture. Mind map out things Punk, Mod’s as well as Rave and Emo associated with British youth culture and culture. It would also be asking students cultural movements e.g. Punk, Rave etc. to try and define the sub culture they feel Feedback results to class they belong to • Identify British films that deal with Youth • Timeline of British films on display to • This session build upon a previous and youth culture. Where do these films act as a prompt session and will allow students to see fit on the timeline produced for British the time delay from a youth movement Cinema? Students to research one film happening and its appearance on screen identified in pairs and produce an info sheet for class • Screening of a British film either • Would be useful to compare/contrast historical or contemporary that can be two films representing youth/youth used to illustrate a representation of culture e.g. This is England (Meadows youth and youth culture 2007) and Quadrophenia (Rodham 1979) = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea26 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Follow up to screening. How does this • Clip from film 3-5 minutes long film represent youth/youth culture? In pairs students could try and identify all the ways they consider the film represents youth/youth culture • Close analysis of clip from chosen film – focus on how camerawork, editing, mise- en-scène and sound create meaning • Screening of a second British film either • Should be able to act, as a contrast to historical or contemporary that can be film one, and at least one should be as used to illustrate a different contemporary as possible representation of youth/youth culture • Follow up to second screening. In what ways does this film represent youth/youth culture? How is this similar/different to film one? • Teacher led close analysis of particular scene highlighting how camerawork, editing, mise-en-scène and sound are used to create meaning = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 27 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • In groups students to select a • Films that represent youth/youth culture include: 24hour scene from a British film of their party people (Winterbottom 2003), A room for Romeo choice that they feels represents Brass (Meadows 1999) youth/youth culture and present analysis and scene to classFunding of British • What are the key issues for • http://www.ukfilmconcil.org.uk/filmmaking/funding/features/ • This website is very detailedCinema funding a British film? about the funding available to • How does the UK film council fund filmmakers in the UK and films? students will need guidance about what they are looking for • Students to investigate the three types of funding offered to films. Divide into groups and then ‘jigsaw’ information • In groups students are allocated a • http://www.imdb.co.uk/ • This will allow students to have contemporary British film and another film as a case study. It have to find out institutional would be useful to try and get a information and how it was funded guest speaker in about the funding issue = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea28 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Presentation by students on allocated • Student groups to produce handouts film. Discussing how cast/crew and other for other class members institutional issues affect funding • Presentation on funding from a historical • Would be useful to summarise key perspective and the British studio points in a presentation for students system e.g. Ealing Studios • Screen two extracts and discuss use of cast/crew and genre/conventions • Summarise key issues surrounding funding and consider future issues • Role of Internet distribution co- productions with other countries = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 29 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesRepresentations in British • What are soap operas? Students to list • Possibly a teacher created worksheetSoap Operas as many programmes they consider to that provides a framework and prompt be soap operas as possible questions for the identification of • What common elements do soap operas common soap elements have? In groups students identify the common features that soap operas have. Class feedback to create a list of soap conventions • Application of class list of soap • Extracts from an episode of conventions to two extracts from a soap ‘Eastenders’, ‘Coronation Street’ or opera. What conventions are used? ‘Emmerdale’ would be ideal. Students to analyse extracts and identify ‘Hollyoaks’ breaks a number of and explain what conventions are being conventions so could be used to used contrast with a typical soap. This is linked to Conventions of soaps • Close focus on how ‘Hollyoaks’ has • Episode of ‘Hollyoaks’ • A recent episode would be suitable but altered some typical soap conventions. older ones work as the students no Particular focus on sound, editing, longer focus on the story but on the camerawork and character types conventions and micro elements = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea30 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Institutional factors and soap operas. • www.barb.co.uk • Highlighter pens are very useful to Students examine and analyse an • TV schedule from paper/TV guide highlight the schedules and times of evenings TV schedule and identify what soaps. Monday often has the most soaps are on and when. What impact soaps so that is a useful starting point does this have on audiences? Students • Alternatively each group could have a should check BARB to get soap viewing different day to compare the differences. figures. What do these figures tell us The point of this activity is to get about soap audiences? How does students to think about how audiences scheduling help them target an audience form part of a soap operas identity who will appreciate the programme? How is the audience part of the shared experience? • What types of characters are there in • A blank grid worksheet to complete • It may be beneficial to define a couple of soap operas? In pairs students define could be used character types first or produce a grid the character types and give examples with definitions of character types and from their own knowledge. Feedback to students have to fit characters into it whole class = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 31 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Focus on specific representation of • Selected clips from two contrasting • ‘Hollyoaks’ is useful as it has slightly character type and contrast between two soaps, ‘Hollyoaks’ and one other different conventions when compared to soaps e.g. representation of would be useful comparisons more traditional soaps such as nationality/ethnicity in ‘Eastenders’ and ‘Eastenders’ ‘Hollyoaks’. The representations should be comparable to those for British cinema • Screening of an old episode of a soap • Old edition of ‘Coronation Street’ opera e.g. ‘Coronation Street’ to compare historical representations. Have they changed? What has altered? Why might this have happened? • Students to choose a representation to • Students will need guidance on the present on e.g. youth/youth culture, choice of clips and of the representation gender, sexuality, class or location and to choose. It would be best if not every research how British soap of their choice group chose the same representation portrays this = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea32 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Student presentations about • DVD/video player • Students should focus on the use of representations in soap operas. Should • Digital projector conventions rather than worry about use clips to back up points and illustrate producing an overly complicated plot representations in soap of their choice • In groups students design and plan a new soap opera and pitch it to the class. They need to justify character types, location, as well as target audience, schedule and channelConsolidation • In pairs students plan two short answers, • Some students may find a writing one on British cinema the other on frame helpful outlining paragraph British soaps. One student from each structure pair answers on one topic or the other highlighting representations of youth and national identity. Then swap answers to peer mark them. Should identify a target for the next piece of writing = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 33 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 10 Hours Topic Media and Collective IdentityTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • In pairs create a list that contrasts or compares the different ways in which British films and soap operas represent nationality and youth/youth culture. Identify potential case studies that can be used • Review exam questions and deconstruct • Previous student’s answers or teacher what they mean. Set targets for practice produced answer essay. Mark a previous student example and discuss strengths and weaknesses • Answer an exam question and teacher • Past exam questions to provide formative comments to help student improve for future attempts = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea34 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Media in the Online AgeTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesMedia in the online age • What are online media? Students define what they think online media means. Examples are discussed and a class definition is produced • Brief history of the Internet, Teacher to • Teacher produced cards with key provide cards with key developments developments on. and in groups students are to arrange them in the order they think they happened. Class to discuss outcomes and create accurate timeline • Class to identify contemporary issues • www.wikipedia.org • Students could begin by searching surrounding ‘Web 2.0’ and the role of Wikipedia or the web for a definition of audiences and institutions. Have the what Web 2.0 means relationship between audiences and institutions changed? How? Give examples e.g. downloading and file sharing etc… = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 35 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Media in the Online AgeTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesCase Study: • How do you watch films? Students to • ‘The web goes to the pictures’ p.82-87 • The article would be ideal for the more mind map out the different ways that (Web Studies, David Guantlett, Arnold able students to read and considerThe Film Industry and the they watch films. Discussion surrounding 2000) rather than be for the whole classInternet different ways of viewing, on TV, on computer, on DVD, at the cinema, on iPod/MP4 players. Link to issues raised in ‘Web 2.0’ session • How has film distribution changed? • Internet access • Availability means to legally download or Overview of film distribution. Mini www.imdb.com buy via the Internet so sites such as research task – In groups students to www.amazon.co.uk and www.play.com research a set film from different time • Selection of films from various time would be useful. Students may also find period e.g. 50s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. periods that certain films have only been Groups to find out box office, availability released in particular countries on DVD, Internet, reviews and then feedback. What differences are there between the films? Box office? Availability on DVD/Internet? = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea36 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Media in the Online AgeTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Close focus on current release. Students • www.alluc.org • Students should see if they can to examine a current film and look at • www.tvlinks.com download or stream a recent film how it is using the Internet. Can it be release. Where did they find it and what downloaded? Where from? How many quality was it? The 2 suggested sites screens is it being shown on? What type can act as starting points of print is being used? (If possible try to arrange a visit to a local cinema to see how it is being screened) • Case study on audience produced films. • http://www.masternewmedia.org/ • This session could also include looking What impact have audience produced at the popularity of Animie ‘remixes’ films had? What types of film are shown which are primarily fan based. on user generated sites? What is http://www.masternewmedia.org/ this audience produced and what is industry site provides information on other user produced? How are audiences ‘remixing’ generated sites apart from film trailers? Why might they do this? www.youtube.com • What impact has the Internet had on the • ‘Movie making in the new media age’ • This session is primarily meant as a film industry? Students to review Graham Roberts – (Web Studies 2nded consolidation session where the key material and discuss issues arising. Arnold 2004) issues are discussed and elements Create grid of key issues and drawn together developments = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 37 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Media in the Online AgeTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesOnline media production by • What online media does the public • This session could use screen grabsthe public produce? Students to mind map what from websites that have elements of media they or other members of the public produced content. It would be public produce. Produce whole class useful to include as wide a variety as diagram and identify issues arising e.g. possible to challenge student’s quality, distribution and content preconceptions • What technologies have made audience • This is an opportunity for students to production possible? Mind map reflect upon their own use and technologies e.g. Digital cameras, digital consumption. It would be useful for video cameras, editing software, students to screen grab a representation websites. What technologies do students of themselves online be it an avatar or use? How do they use them? their myspace/facebook page • Focus on social networking sites, how • Access to www.myspace.com, • These sites can all be classed as social are they used? Difference between www.facebook.com, www.bebo.com, networking sites but all have a very audience and institution produced www.flickr.com, www.last.fm different appeal and set of users. These pages. Students to analyse an differences should be developed in a individual’s page, an unsigned bands discussion as they illustrate some page and a well-known band/artists diversity in web users page. What type of content is present? What are the differences? = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea38 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Media in the Online AgeTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • In pairs students are set task to search • Teacher produced guidelines on the Internet for a range of media, both search criteria institution produced and audience produced. What differences are there between them, in terms of content, quality and style? • Focus on user production in Second • Access to Second Life • This session is a mix of student creation Life. Students to enrol in Second life and www.secondlife.com and activity and research and should last create own avatars. What type of avatar http://blog.secondlife.com for a number of sessions. Each session have you created? Why? Students to will need a clear focus but this should be explore Second Life. What is audience www.guardian.co.uk flexible and based upon the group of created? Buildings, land, shops, gifts students being taught. The Guardian etc… (This can last for 2/3 lessons) technology site often has relevant Feedback over what students found. articles on Second Life How much freedom do users have to create content? In what ways does this alter the audience/producer relationship? = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 39 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Media in the Online AgeTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesConsolidation • In pairs students create a grid that • Blank grid worksheets identifies the ways in which both the film industry and audience produces media have benefited from convergence and the Internet giving examples to illustrate points • In groups plan an essay using consequences, one student writes an introduction and passes that on, the next writes the first paragraph and so on until at least 3 paragraphs have been written. It is then passed back to the student who wrote the introduction, this student reads the essay and then writes a conclusion. All students then discuss strengths and weaknesses of the answer = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea40 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Media in the Online AgeTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Review exam questions and deconstruct • Previous students’ answers or teacher what they mean. Set targets for practice produced answer essay. Mark a previous student example and discuss strengths and weaknesses • Answer an exam question and teacher • Past exam questions to provide formative comments to help student improve for future attempts = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 41 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Post-modern MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesPostmodernism • Teacher based introduction to the term • ‘Postmodernism: A very short • This focus of this topic is fairly complex ‘Postmodern’ and how it can be applied introduction’ by Christopher Butler in terms of students grasping the to various media texts (Oxford University Press) concepts. It is therefore worthwhile http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodernism having a teacher based introduction that introduces students to the term and its uses • What does the term postmodern mean? • This session should follow on from the Students to try and define what they first as students should begin to try and think the term postmodern means. apply the concept to their own choice of Create whole class mind map during media texts feedback and produce a class definition of what the term postmodern coversVideogames • What is a videogame? Students to • ‘Difficult questions about videogames’ • These texts can be used throughout the define what they think videogames are. edited by James Newman and Iain teaching of this topic of use to the Discuss videogames as unique media Simons (Suppose 2004) teacher rather than students. There is a form. How are they different/similar to • ‘Videogames’ by James Newman useful section in ‘Understanding Digital other media forms? What other media or (Routledge 2004) Games’ p. 156- 160 (Jason Rutter & Jo art forms do videogames borrow from Bryce Sage 2006) on postmodernism in and reference? In what ways can they • ‘Understanding Digital Games’ edited videogames be considered postmodern? by Jason Rutter and Jo Bryce • ‘Computer Games’ by Diane Carr, David Buckingham, Andrew Burn and Gareth Schott = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea42 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Post-modern MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • How have videogames developed as a form, from Pong to Halo? Construction of a class timeline of key moments in videogame development. How have they borrowed from other media and cultural forms to develop into something else? • Students to classify videogames into • Produce a worksheet with the key • The majority of information will come genres. Provide students with definitions genre definitions on them to help from the students rather than the teacher for the key videogame genres and get students classify games and this should provide the basis of a them to classify games they know into discussion surrounding genre in the relevant genres and justify why they videogames. It should raise questions fit. Create a master list. Do they share about hybrid genres genres with other media forms? If so which ones? Do they share conventions? = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 43 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Post-modern MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Character types in videogames, stills • Colour print outs of various videogame • This session would work best with a analysis of a variety of videogame characters or a power point wide variety of videogame characters characters. What do they look like? presentation of character stills to from a range of genres. This would What type of game are they from? Are analyse prompt some analysis about the types of there any inter-textual references to characters that you would expect to find other characters in other media forms? in certain games. It will also help How are they presented to players within illustrate how videogames borrow from the game? In groups students analyse a existing character types range of character types and feedback to whole class. Discussion of issues arising • Female characters in videogames. Does • Worksheet with prompt questions • This session should involve students a characters gender alter the playing about female characters to answer playing on a range of videogames that experience? Students to play a range of whilst playing the games. (Innovative feature female characters. Games that videogames with playable female teaching idea) work include: characters. How are the characters • Reading exercise: Games and Gender ‘Metroid Prime’, ‘Tomb Raider’, ‘Buffy the presented? Does this challenge by Diane Carr in Computer Games, Vampire Slayer’ and the ‘Dead or Alive’ traditional gender representations? Polity Press 2006 (stretch and series Students to complete worksheet challenge opportunity) • Close focus on how the female characters are represented, do they borrow from existing characters? If so who? = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea44 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Post-modern MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Close focus on a contemporary • Contemporary games at the time of • The most useful resource to check for videogame, play the game as a whole writing would be GTA: San Andreas, contemporary games is Edge magazine. class and begin to analyse it. How is the Gears of War, Canis Canum Edit, Red Using student knowledge can also be game structured? What characters Dead Revolver, Twilight Princess and productive. It would be worth playing the feature? How are they presented? Are Halo 3 game first to get an idea of how it works there references to other media forms? before analysing it Does the game have a traditional narrative or a different type of structure? Can it be considered postmodern? • The issue of violence in videogames. • Worksheet with prompt questions • A good case study would be ‘Manhunt 2’ How do videogames treat the about violence in videogames. which has been refused a certificate due representation of violence? Students to • Access to the BBFC website, to the level and type of violence in it play a variety of games with differing age www.bbfc.org certificates and to discuss how violence if represented within them. Discussion about ages ratings and the role of the BBFC. Are audiences aware of how to read the violence in videogames? = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 45 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Post-modern MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Examine the role of social videogames. • Social games such as ‘Wii Sports’, • The follow up discussion could focus on How do the structures of these games ‘Singstar’, ‘Eye-toy‘ and ‘Dance mats’ the broad appeal of these games challenge the player text relationship? How are these games media texts? Do these videogames challenge the audiences understanding of what a videogame is? How do they break audience’s expectations of what a videogame should be? • Avatar design, students to log onto an • A MMORPG or Second Life or another • It is important to check that your schools online game and create their own avatar. videogame that allows Avatar creation. network will allow MMORPG’s to be How did they choose to represent loaded up; it is also worth using themselves online? Why did they choose www.secondlife.com as this is free and to represent themselves in that way? will allow students to create an avatar Students to take screen grab of their and then discuss it character to discuss with class. Did they base their character on existing character types? If so who? = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea46 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Post-modern MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Student presentations, in pairs students choose a videogame of their choice and prepare a presentation on it covering areas such as character, narrative/structure, player action and visuals. How are these used? Can the game be considered postmodern? • Presentations of videogames and class • Digital projector, range of consoles for • The presentations should focus on micro discussion students to demonstrate games details of the game and explain how and why certain elements are usedMusic videos as postmodern • What are music videos? Students tomedia mind map what they think the role of music videos are. What are their functions? • Students to create a timeline of music • www.youtube.com video developments and to try and find • www.wikipedia.org examples. Feedback to class and create a diagram of major developments = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 47 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Post-modern MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Provide students with a framework for • Andrew Goodwin suggests 6 key • Goodwin’s points can be applied to the analysis; give students an example to features of music video’s they are in vast majority of music videos and analyse in pairs. Students to discuss Dancing in the Distraction Factory provide a robust framework for student outcomes as class showing video (Routledge 1986) analysis • Teacher-led session looking at diversity • Chris Cunningham Directors Series • The director series DVD’s work well as of music video as a media form. Abstract DVD all work is accessible and most feature or challenging work by Cunningham or • Michel Gondry Directors Series DVD commentaries from the directors. The Gondry to be shown. Contrast with more work of both of these directors is very conventional example. What are the inter-textual and makes reference to a differences? Discuss diversity of form wide and diverse range of sources and director as influence. How do these videos challenge the existing conventions of music video? • Focus on one artist and review their • Madonna, Kylie, Beastie Boys U2, • The opportunity to watch a artists work music videos over a period of time. Bjork and the Chemical Brothers all over a period of time is useful to see how Ideally an artist who is still considered have video compilations that can they have developed a visual style or contemporary illustrate changes and developments motifs that are consistent in their work in the artist’s image and video styles = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea48 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Post-modern MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • In groups of 3/4 students choose one • Digital editing equipment, QuickTime • The documentary may run over a period artist/band and plan a short clips of music videos of sessions and this will depend on the documentary analysing 3 of their videos. students and the resources available. It To look at structure, performance, style, would work best as a short focused task conventions and representations that would allow them to build on existing skills. It could also take the form of a blog • Student’s record voice over and vox • Student produced shooting script pops for documentary. Begin to edit including analysis of chosen videos music video clipsMusic videos • Students to finish editing documentary • A blog site where all the videos can be • www.youtube.com does not need to be and upload to www.youtube.com Screen displayed www.blogger.com is the used as the documentaries can be documentaries to class and discuss easiest site to use viewed in class. However it is the best them and the artists they chose place to upload them online should you wish others to see them • Close examination of videos that use • Spike Jonze Directors series DVD • The choice of videos to study here are parody or pastiche within their structure. • Beastie Boys video anthology (region wide and varied however Spike Jonze Why do videos use parody/pastiche? 1 only) does use pastiche in his videos What impact does this have on the alongside inter-textual references audience’s view of the original text? = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 49 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Post-modern MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • From examples of ‘art’ and mainstream • Stephane Sednaoui Directors series • The choice of videos used should be music videos discuss whether music DVD decided at the time to allow for videos are an art form and how much • Lemon Jelly DVD contemporary examples to be used. The control the director has. Begin to bring suggested resources are examples of together some of the aesthetic and ‘art’ videos institutional issues raisedConsolidation • In pairs students create a grid that • Blank grid worksheets • This session would need guidance so identifies the ways in which both that the students are clear on what to videogames and music videos are ‘post- look for modern’ giving examples to illustrate points • In groups plan an essay using • Plain A3/A4 paper consequences, one student writes an introduction and passes that on, the next writes the first paragraph and so on until a conclusion is written. All students then discuss strengths and weaknesses of the answer = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea50 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic Post-modern MediaTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Review exam questions and deconstruct • Previous student’s answers or teacher what they mean. Set targets for practice produced answer essay. Mark a previous student example and discuss strengths and weaknesses • Answer an exam question and teacher • Past exam questions to provide formative comments to help student improve for future attempts = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 51 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic “We Media” and DemocracyTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities“We Media” • What are “We Media”? Students to try and define what they think “We Media” means. Create whole class mind map during feedback and produce a class definition of what “We Media” meansYouTube and digital • Brief history of the Internet, Teacher to • Teacher produced cards with keyfilmmaking provide cards with key developments developments on and in groups students are to arrange them in the order they think they happened. Class to discuss outcomes and create accurate timeline • Class to identify contemporary issues • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2 • This Wikipedia entry provides a clear surrounding ‘Web 2.0’ and the role of outline of what web 2.0 is; however it audiences and institutions. Have the also has a lot of technical terms which relationship between audiences and can be overlooked for the purpose of this institutions changed? unit = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea52 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic “We Media” and DemocracyTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Class to investigate what technologies • www.facebook.com • This is primarily a research based have made changes in audience • www.myspace.com session that would involve students participation possible. Could focus on analysing web pages and seeing what photo/video phones and/or digital video • www.flickr.com technology is being used and how it has equipment • www.youtube.com made audience participation possible • Focus on audiences; What do you use new media for? How do you use it? How has the role of the audience shifted? Students discuss their own use of “We Media” • Outline case study on online filmmaking, • Money Programme on • The website what is it? How does it fit into the www.youtube.com http://www.masternewmedia.org/ definition of “We Media”? • http://www.masternewmedia.org/ has a list of all the sites that allow people to upload video and would prove • ‘Movie making in the new media age’ a useful starting point for class research Graham Roberts – (Web Studies 2nded Arnold 2004) = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 53 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic “We Media” and DemocracyTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • In pairs students are set task to search • Teacher produced guidelines indicating the Internet for a range of media, both search criteria institution produced and audience produced. What differences are there between the videos, in terms of content, quality and length? • Comparison between • This session could be flexible and be www.youtube.com, used as a homework research task. It www.video.google.com and other video could be fed back to the class as a sharing websites. What type of genre presentation showing extracts and of clip is most popular? Why might this screen grabs to illustrate points be? • In groups students produce own short • Digital video editing equipment film/documentary. Set restrictions such • www.youtube.comwww.youtube.com as length, genre and time allowed to film. (Four lessons should be enough) Students to upload film to www.youtube.com and leave comments and monitor viewers. Why does one film get watched more than others? Discussion about use of ‘tags’ and titles = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea54 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic “We Media” and DemocracyTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activitiesBlogging and its uses • What is ‘blogging’ and how is it part of • www.wikipedia.org • Wikipedia can be used to get a definition “We Media”? How can it be used? • http://blogsearch.google.com whilst the Google blog search can help find out what types of blogs exist • What type of blog is there? Class to do • Worksheet to record blog addresses • It would be useful to set out some guided research to try and find as many and information guidelines as to what type of blogs may different types of blog as possible. • http://blogsearch.google.com exist for example this could include Record addresses on worksheet. What political, diary, scrapbook, music etc… blogs did you find? What topics were covered? Were they audience or institution produced? • Focus on institution produced blogs. • http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/index.html • Both of these sites are indexes for the Students to investigate how media • http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ Guardian and the BBC’s blogs which can institutions are using blogs? Focus on be used searched by students. It may Guardian, Telegraph and BBC blogs. also be worthwhile looking at the BBC’s Why might institutions use blogs? What audience participation blogs impact is this having on the audience? Does this give the audience a voice? = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 55 of 58
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic “We Media” and DemocracyTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • Students to compare institutional www.blogger.com • This session should be guided by staff produced blogs with audience produced http://blogsearch.google.com who should decide on the sites to visit. blogs. Is there a difference in content? Blogs can also be searched through What types of topics are being written blogger but this will only search sites about? Do the mainstream media cover made with this program these topics? • Focus on the use of blogs as the ‘voice http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/index.htm • All of these sites have useful links to of the outsider’. How are blogs being http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ political blogs and have political used by political parties? Do the blogs comment which can be compared with http://blogsearch.google.com promote policy or comment and analyse alternative blogs on events? Does this add to the democratic process? • In groups students are to produce their www.blogger.com • It would be useful for students to create own blog about a topic of their choice. their own blog and choose what the They are to add video, comment and content is as this will provide them with analysis about the topic they have ownership. The overall aim is to see if chosen and promote it as much as people will comment and use the blog. It possible through other web based will be possible for the blog to be deleted means e.g. promote it via fan sites or on after a certain period if necessary other forums. Analyse who visits the site and who leaves comments. (Activity would last for four lessons) = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity idea56 of 58 GCE Media
    • Media Studies H540: Critical Perspectives in Media: G325Suggested 30 Hours Topic “We Media” and DemocracyTeaching Time Suggested teaching and homeworkTopic outline Suggested resources Points to note activities • What is Citizen Journalism? Creation of • ‘We the Media’ by Dan Gilmour • The book ‘We the Media’ is available to a class definition of term. How do blogs (O’Reilly) read online under O’Reilly’s open book compare with Citizen Journalism? How • http://english.ohmynews.com/ policy. Whilst the website does a site such as www.ohmynews.com is an example of www.OhMyNews.com compare to citizen journalism in action. This unit individual’s blog sites? What other types could also include a section on Fanzines of citizen journalism exist? and other people produced journalismConsolidation • Review exam questions and deconstruct • Previous students’ answers or teacher what they mean. Set targets for practice produced answer essay. Mark a previous student example and discuss strengths and weaknesses • Answer an exam question and teacher • Past exam questions to provide formative comments to help student improve for future attempts = Innovative teaching idea = Stretch and challenge opportunity = ICT opportunity ideaGCE Media 57 of 58
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