Module Catalogue 2024/25

MCH3002 : Youth, Identity and Contemporary Media

MCH3002 : Youth, Identity and Contemporary Media

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sarah Hill
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment

For Study Abroad students, a background in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies is recommended.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



This module aims to develop students’ understanding of textual and discursive approaches to media representation in relation to youth identity through analyses of a range of contemporary media texts. The module places emphasis on intersectional approaches to youth identity such as gender, race, LGBTQ, class and disability. While the primary focus is on representations of youth identity, this module will also explore how young people are positioned as consumers and producers of contemporary media. By the end of the module, students will be able to critically analyse how discourses of youth identity are mediated within a range of contemporary media texts, and how these discourses circulate within media culture and more broadly in society.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module offers theoretical perspectives from media studies, cultural studies and sociology as well as the critical tools needed to explore how youth identities are constructed and represented in contemporary media.

Module content may include:
- Theories of youth, identity, (self-)representation, individualism and authenticity;
- Moral panics related to youth identities;
- Youth and digital culture – self-representation and online activism.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

A student successfully completing the module will have:
- A critical knowledge of how youth identities are constructed in contemporary media;
- An understanding of the theoretical frameworks and approaches through which we can explore the construction of youth identities;
- An understanding of how youth identities intersect across various social divisions.

Intended Skill Outcomes

A student successfully completing the module will be able to:
- Critically analyse the construction and mediation of youth identities in a range of media texts;
- Utilise and apply appropriate theoretical arguments and frameworks to analyses of representations of youth identities;
- Effectively communicate information, argument and analysis in a variety of forms.
- Think critically and research independently.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00Summative assessment: Essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Formative essay plan
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00On-campus weekly lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials10:300:30Non-synchronous online video introducing students to module (30 mins)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading104:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Weekly seminars designed to enhance knowledge and understanding. On campus but can move online
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion10:300:30Discussion board to prepare for Assessment Preparation and Revision lecture
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion72:0014:00Discussion board to be used to prepare for seminar discussions.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module aims to develop students’ knowledge of, and ability to critically analyse, how youth identities are constructed and represented in contemporary media. The teaching methods are designed to facilitate these aims and learning outcomes. The lectures will introduce students to the key theoretical concepts and tools needed to analyse media texts in relation to youth identities and provide a range of contemporary examples. The small-group teaching enables critical engagement with the key ideas where students are encouraged to draw on their own examples in preparation for the assessment.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1003000-word essay
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative essay plan in preparation for essay assessment, 500 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment for this module is a 3000-word essay (100%). Students will have the opportunity submit formative essay plans and be provided with feedback that can help to inform the essay assessment. The online discussion board and related seminar discussions will also provide the opportunity for formative feedback in class and enable students to communicate in a variety of ways.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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