H409 A Level Media Studies (2019)

H409/1 Media Messages. 65 Marks. 1 hour 45 minutes.

Section A – News

Media Language, Media Representations, Media Industries, Media Audiences, Media Contexts

Source A – Daily Mail Print Newspaper Front Page

Source B – The Guardian Print Newspaper Front Page

Source C – The Big Issue Print Magazine Front Page

Sample Questions

1 Compare and contrast the mode of address to the audience in Sources A and B.
[15]

2* Compare how far the media organisations which produce these products are reflected in Sources A and C.
[15]

3 Evaluate the usefulness of relevant academic ideas and arguments in helping your understanding of representation in Source A.
[10]

Theorists

Strauss (binary oppositions), Barthes (signfieds and signifiers), Butler (gender performance), Curran & Seaton (power in press), Gilroy (ethnicity and post-colonialism) and Hall (audience).

Section B – Media Language and Representation

Media Language, Media Representations, Media Contexts

Sample Questions

4 Compare how media language is used in the construction of gender in these two fragrance advertisements.   [10]

5       “Music videos reflect the cultural context in which they were made.”

Discuss this statement through a comparison of the two music videos you have studied: one music video from List A and one music video from List B below.
[15]

List A

Taylor Swift – Blank Space
Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
Beyoncé – Sandcastles
Little Mix – Hair
Charli XCX – Famous
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk

List B

Radiohead – Burn the Witch
Naïve New Beaters – Run Away
Family of the Year – Make You Mine
Raleigh Ritchie – Bloodsport ‘15
The Shoes – Drifted
New Build – Luminous Freedom
OK GO – Upside Down, Inside Out
Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone (INTERACTIVE)
Tame Impala – Let It Happen

H409/2 Evolving Media. 75 marks. 2 hours

Section A: Media Industries and Audiences

Media Industries, Media Audiences, Media Contexts

Sample Questions

1 Explain how The BBC Radio One Breakfast Show uses its online presence.
[15]

2 Explain why online audience participation is so important to the success of Minecraft.
[15]

3 Discuss how far the distribution of the 1967 Jungle Book differs from the distribution of the 2016 Jungle Book.
[15]

Section B: Long Form Television Drama

You should have studied two long form television dramas: one from List A and one from List B below.

List A

Mr Robot (Season 1, Episode 1)
House of Cards (Chapter 1)
Homeland (Season 1, Episode 1)
Game of Thrones (Season 1, Episode 1)

List B

The Killing / Forbrydelsen (Season 1, Episode 1)
Borgen (Season 1, Episode 1)
Spiral / Engrenages (Season 1, Episode 1)
Deutschland 83: Quantum Jump (Season 1, Episode 1)

Sample Questions

Answer either question 4 or question 5, and then question 6.

EITHER

4* Discuss the extent to which the long form television dramas you have studied challenge the conventions of genre.

Your answer should make reference to both long form television dramas you have studied: one from List A and one from List B. [20]

OR
5* Discuss the extent to which your chosen long form television dramas successfully target their audiences.

Your answer should make reference to both long form television dramas you have studied: one from List A and one from List B. [20]

Answer question 6.

6 Evaluate the usefulness of academic ideas and arguments in helping your understanding of how media language is used in one of the long form television dramas that you have studied.
[10]

 

H409/3/4 Making Media

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