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Module

MCH3002 : Youth, Identity and Contemporary Media

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sarah Hill
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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 texts, such as films, television, newspapers, magazines and digital culture, 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;
- Representations of youth in contemporary film and television
- Youth and digital culture – self-representation and online activism;

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Non-synchronous online video introducing students to module (30 mins equating to 1 hr delivery)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials94:0036:00Non-synchronous online. Materials enable students to engage with content, inc. readings, activities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Formative essay plan and reflective online activities as above
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Summative essay
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Non-synchronous online. Concluding remarks, summary of and reflection on module
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading94:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00PiP seminars designed to enhance students understanding of module content
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous online webinars based on module themes and assessment guidance
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion92:0018:00Student led reflective activities that act as PiP capture
Total200:00
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 non-synchronous 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.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1003000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1M500 word essay plan and reflective activities
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will be assessed on their ability to convey and apply their understanding of the theoretical frameworks covered on the module and their ability to critically analyse media texts in relation to youth identities. The main mode of assessment is a 3000 word essay (100%), which requires students to critically analyse two examples of media texts in relations to theories and ideas covered on the course. Students will also be assessed on their academic writing and referencing skills.

The formative assessment provides a basis for the final essay and the reflective activities encourage students to synthesise their understanding in a concise and engaging manner while reflecting on their own learning.

Reading Lists

Timetable