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MEST3 Examination, Tuesday 10th June – Final Reminders for Section A

June 8, 2014

 1 hour (incl 15m viewing time) 32 marks (40%)

You will be shown 2 unseen texts and you must answer all three compulsory questions.

15 minutes viewing/note-taking time will leave you with 45 minutes to answer the questions and, as Q2 and Q3 have 50% more marks than Q1, you need to differentiate your time accordingly. So, broadly speaking, the timing should be as follows –

Q1 12 minutes, Q2 18 minutes, Q3 18 minutes

Please adhere to these timings as closely as possible to ensure you allow time for full answers to all three questions

 

Q1 –  Media concepts (8 marks, 12 minutes)

Use the unseen products to answer a question on forms, representations, institutions, audiences or values. Previous questions have focused on

representations, mise-en-scene, narrative, brand values and ideology, but any concept could be used in this question.

Your answer must make specific references to both texts, and do not include additional texts at this point.

 

Mark Scheme Criteria (Level 4)

A sophisticated analysis and evaluation, showing very good critical autonomy.

Sophisticated understanding of media concepts, within both media products, with particular focus on the named key concept.

Supported by detailed references to both media products.

Articulate and engaged.

 

Q2 – Media Issues and Debates (12 marks, 18 minutes)

Use the unseen products to answer a question on media issues and debates, and the question will tell you that you may refer to other media products to support your answer. This is mis-leading, as you must refer to a range of other media products to secure even a Level 2 grade. This does not involve detailed analysis of other products, but you must show awareness of other products and explain why they are significant in relation to the question – please refer to the exemplar materials handed out in order to see how this should be included in your writing.

For this question, you must also refer to a range of media theories, issues and debates.

 

Mark Scheme Criteria (Level 4)

A sophisticated evaluation, showing very good critical autonomy.

Detailed and sophisticated application of a wide range of media debates/issues/theories.

Supports answer with a wide range of examples.

Articulate and engaged.

 

Q3 – Wider Contexts (12 marks, 18 minutes)

Use the unseen products to answer a question on wider contexts.

You should move beyond the texts, referring to other media products to support your answer, otherwise you will only be able to gain a Level 2 grade!

 

Mark Scheme Criteria (Level 4)

A sophisticated and detailed evaluation, showing very good critical autonomy.

Sophisticated and detailed application of a wide range of wider contexts.

Supports answer with a wide range of examples from other media.

Articulate and engaged.

 

For Q2 and Q3, please remember that appropriate examples can be from other genres and cross-platform in nature.

As you will have noticed, one of the key skills tested by these questions is the ability to express your own opinions, linked to media concepts and textual examples, ion order to demonstrate ‘critical autonomy.’ These are synoptic questions, so you can use the unseen products, examples from your MEST3 portfolios or MEST4 Critical Investigation, texts that we have studied in class or any other texts that you have studied that might be relevant to answering the questions.

Where it is relevant to the question, try to show a sense of debate by including both sides of the argument. For example, a debate on a audience issue linked to moral panics might refer to the Hypodermic Syringe Theory and Uses and Gratifications to demonstrate awareness of opposing points of view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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