Past Essay Questions

Sticky
  • What is collective identity and how is it mediated?

 

  • Analyse the ways in which he media represent groups of people

 

  • ‘Media representations are complex, not simple and straight forward’. How far do you agree with this statement in relation to the collective group you have studied.

 

  • With reference to any one group of people that you have studied, discuss how their identity has been ‘mediated’.

 

  • ‘The media do not construct collective identity; they merely reflect it.’ Discuss

 

  • Analyse the ways in which the media represent one group of people you have studied.

 

  • Discuss how one or more groups of people are represented through the media.

 

  • Explain the role played by the media in the construction of collective identity.

 

  • How do media representations influence collective identity? You may refer to one group of people or more in your answer.

 

  • Discuss the different ways in which groups of people are represented by the media. You may refer to one group of people or more in your answer.

 

  • Analyse the ways in which at lease one group of people is ‘mediated’.

 

  • Discuss the social implications on media in relation to collective identity. You may refer to one group of people or more in your answer.

 

  • Analyse the impact of media representation on the collective identity of one or more groups of people.

 

  • Compare the different ways in which one or more groups of people are represented.

 

  • Explain what is meant by ‘collective identity’ and the role of media in its construction.

 

  • ‘Media representations are just reflections of reality, not constructions or distortions.’ Discuss with reference to one or more groups of people.

 

  • Media and collective identity: how does one affect the other?

 

  • ‘Media simply represent collective identity, they don’t create it.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Make reference to one or more groups of people in your answer.

Additional Reading Articles

Sticky

Below are a number of articles you may want to read to add extra information to your essays. Reading around this subject is key to achieving a Level 4.

Rupert Murdoch is now an old man on a lonely throne at News Corp:

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/jun/02/rupert-murdoch-news-corp-lonely-throne?CMP=twt_fd

Stereotypes ‘makes teen feel they’re in the minority’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26230410

Negative stereotypes ‘hurting teenage job prospects’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26230410

Bernardos Research finds 54% of adults view children as “feral”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7732290.stm

Attack The Block Additional Reading: Monsters, race, and the tower block

http://www.ejumpcut.org/currentissue/PalmerAttackBlock/index.html

BBC Guide to the Politics of Newspapers

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8282189.stm

Russell Brand Interviews Adam Curtis

Standard

Listen to Russell Brand talking to documentary maker Adam Curtis about the way we perceive the world around us, identity politics and whether or not we actually want what we want!

Adam Curtis’ BBC documentaries can be found on YouTube:
Hypernormalisation
YouTube Preview Image

Century of the Self [How Freudian ideas and Psychoanalysis are used to control the way people think, act and consume]

YouTube Preview Image

 

 

Section B Essay Structure

Standard

This structure is only a guide for your essay, if you want to break up the paragraphs further you can. If you want to change the order you can.

 

Introduction – 

Introduce concept of Identity (Key theorist of your choice)

Introduce concept of British Youth as a Collective Identity, BRIEFLY mention texts (Quadrophenia, Newspaper Riots, Brotherhood, This Courntry, Future Tech)

 

Paragraph 1 –

Quadrophenia PEETA

Remember to include specific micro detail for the scene in your example

 

Paragraph 2 –

Brighton Riots PEETA

Remember to include specific quotes in your newspaper examples

 

 

Paragraph 3 –

Brotherhood PEETA

Remember to include a specific scene and micro detail in your examples.

Remember to include a short introduction to Modern Youth representation including either Harry Brown, Kidulthood or Eden Lake at the start. This should be brief and only give context.

 

Paragraph 4 –

This Country + Future Technology PEETA

Remember to include specific micro detail for the scene in your example, and specific case studies for your digital/future technology

 

 

Conclusion –

Conclude with an identity theorist if you can and make sure you refer back to the question.