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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Identities and the Media

| Saturday August 30, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Theory, Representation Theory

The pre-set topics for examination in June 2015 onwards are The Impact of New and Digital Media and Identities in the Media. It is advised by AQA that teachers must ensure that students are engaged in studying both of these topics to enable them to answer the questions in Section A and one question in Section B.

AQA (2014) advises that the new MEST 3 pre-set topic of Identities and the Media incorporates aspects of representation, audience and new and digital media. It focuses on the role of the media and audiences in the construction of identity, the impact of recent changes in the media and a wide range of debates about identity.

Students might study the following:

  • The mainstream media’s role and influence in the construction of identities
  • Audience and identities, including audience uses and response, self- representation, role playing, collective identities
  • The impact of social media on identity and the role of the individual as producer
  • Power and resistance, debates about the power of the media and audiences, including the media’s influence, varieties of audience uses and responses, campaigning
  • Debates and dominant marginalised identities
  • Identify politics, including diverse, fluid and multiple identities, changing identities, alternative and queer identities
  • Ideology, the ideas and values communicated by identities.

In preparation for this course it is useful to look at the specification and possible exam type questions first before planning the scheme of work. The following guidance is provided by AQA (2014):

In section B students are rewarded for:

  • An individual case study with a range of examples;
  • Understanding of the pre-set topic – identities and the Media or The Impact of New Digital Media;
  • Application of relevant media issues/ debates/ theories/ wider contexts;
  • Focus on the question.

AQA also provides possible questions to consider:

  • Mainstream media is a powerful influence on the construction of an individual’s...

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