MCH2075 : Representations: Identity, Culture and Society
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Clifton Evers
- Lecturer: Dr Sarah Hill, Dr Tina Sikka
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
This module forms part of the BA (Hons) Media, Communication and Cultural Studies degree. The module examines the relationship between representation and the production of meaning through analysis of a diverse range of contemporary socio-cultural themes, sites and texts. It aims to enable students to interrogate and develop a thorough understanding of the critical links between representation, identity and culture in a transnational frame.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module introduces key theoretical and methodological frameworks for the study of representations, with particular attention to discursive approaches and feminist, postcolonial and queer perspectives. It examines how identities and subjectivities are formed, in part, through systems of representation involving complex intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, ability, religion and culture. The discussion focuses on the representation of ‘the other’ and the production of difference, as well as the capacity of marginal subjects and communities to challenge mainstream representations and negotiate their identities. The module interrogates links among representation, identity, culture and power through analysis of specific themes including, class and consumption; gender, (post)feminism and popular culture; race, sexuality and discourses of terrorism; and compassion and media representations of suffering. Examples are drawn from a wide array of media and cultural texts, including those within film, television, magazines, newspapers, art, literature, advertising, music, photography, and the internet.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||20:00||20:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||1||40:00||40:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||20:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||34:00||34:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
This module examines the links among representation, identity, culture and power and introduces key theoretical and methodological approaches for the study of representations and identities. It uses the formal lectures to provide an initial guide to impart this knowledge via interactive sessions. Weekly seminars are employed to allow smaller group discussion and activities which enable critical engagement with key themes, concepts and frameworks. Students also participate in planning and facilitating group presentations in seminars. Together, the lectures and seminars provide the basis through which advanced study of the power relations shaping media and cultural representation in a transnational world can take place. Alongside the lectures and seminars, weekly drop-in tutorials with the students will take place to provide extra support as and where necessary. These tutorials will invite students to reflect on their own learning practices, leading them to consider the areas they need further support and guidance.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Oral Presentation||30||1||A||25||Group Presentation, scheduled by School|
|Portfolio||1||M||15||Evidence of group work plus a 1000 word critical account relating to individual contribution to presentation.|
|Essay||1||A||60||Essay, 2500 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
There are three assessment strategies. The presentation will be group based and will assess critical, theoretical engagement with course themes and concepts, as well as communication and presentation skills, with a view to enhancing inter-personal and organisational capacities. This will be marked as a group. The presentation will be supported by a portfolio of evidence, which will document when the group met, the notes that the individual made and the work undertaken by the individual to support the presentation. The portfolio will also include a 1000 word critical account relating to student's own contribution to the presentation and how their slide materials/resources address the presentation brief. The third part of the assessment involves the writing of a 2500 word essay to be selected from a list of questions relating to key topics and themes addressed on the module. Critical thinking will be assessed across all three assessments and academic research, writing and referencing skills will be assessed via the portfolio and essay assignments in particular.