Communication and Culture AS/A Level

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Curriculum Area: English

Communication and Culture AS/A Level

AS outline

Units 1 and 2 provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of communication and culture. Both deal with the personal level of communication and candidates' own experience of cultural products and cultural practices. The interaction between the individual and the broader cultural environment is a key area of investigation.

Unit Topics 1:Understanding Communication and Culture The nature of culture. Definitions of culture. The meanings and practices of everyday life. High culture and popular culture. The relationship between culture and value. Verbal and non-verbal communication. Identity and self-pr…

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Curriculum Area: English

Communication and Culture AS/A Level

AS outline

Units 1 and 2 provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of communication and culture. Both deal with the personal level of communication and candidates' own experience of cultural products and cultural practices. The interaction between the individual and the broader cultural environment is a key area of investigation.

Unit Topics 1:Understanding Communication and Culture The nature of culture. Definitions of culture. The meanings and practices of everyday life. High culture and popular culture. The relationship between culture and value. Verbal and non-verbal communication. Identity and self-presentation. Group communication. Reading images and products. 2: The Individual and Contemporary Culture: Portfolio A piece of independent work, the focus of which will be prompted each year by AQA with a choice of alternative topics Communication, culture and the Individual. Cultural contexts and practices.

A2 outline

At A2, Units 3 and 4 build on the work established in AS, providing an integrated and extensive programme of study. Texts and contexts are more challenging and there is a greater focus on theoretical approaches to contemporary culture. Both units cover broader issues of cultural reproduction and transmission, with a plethora of critical opinions and perspectives; key concepts switch from identity to power.

Unit Topics 3: Communicating Culture A close study of a cultural site i.e. spaces and places, fictions, objects of desire. A study of dominant and alternative approaches to the understanding of communication and culture. An investigation of the rationales for capitalism, globalisation and consumerism in relation to cultural products and practices. Key concepts and cultural sites. 4: Communication and Culture in Practice: Portfolio A major piece of independent work, the focus of which will be prompted each year by AQA with a choice of alternative topics. The construction and maintenance of our personal and social identities. Analysis of social and cultural ‘rituals’.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The approach to this subject is active and practical. There is opportunity for individual and group work and students are encouraged to take responsibility and initiative in their own learning.

Enrichment

Guest speakers and trips provide opportunities for enrichment

Methods of Assessment

Units 1 and 3 are assessed by written examination. Units 2 and 4 are assessed by internally assessed and externally moderated coursework via a web folio/portfolio.

Resources

The teaching rooms are well-equipped for a variety of study activities, and students are issued with a range of text books. Students are encouraged to make full use of the well-stocked Library and Information Centre, as well as developing their skills in internet research. Students work from booklets, worksheets and textbooks. DVDs, computers and other IT facilities support the teaching and learning.

What next?

Communication Studies relates to and supports skills and knowledge in Art; Photography; Business Studies; English Language; English Literature; General Studies; Government and Politics; Media Studies; Psychology; Sociology; Theatre Studies. The full Advanced Level can provide an effective preparation for degree courses in Communication Studies, Cultural Studies and Media Studies and is also worthwhile preparation for degree courses in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and for lifelong learning.

For students wishing to enter the world of employment the study of communication allows the development of skills which are desirable in many occupations including teaching, personnel work, social work and public relations.

Entry Requirements

You will need five GCSE passes at grades C or above or the equivalent from 4 subject areas including GCSE English.

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