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A Level Media Studies

The Essential Introduction, 1st Edition

By Pete Bennett, Sarah Casey Benyahia, Jerry Slater


416 pages

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A Level Media Studies is a comprehensive guide to the subject content of AS and A Level Media Studies, across all examining boards. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of both students and teachers with an accessible writing style, helpful notes on key theories and theorists and a range of learning exercises.

The book’s overall approach is gradual immersion, assuming no prior knowledge of the subject. Starting with an overview of the discipline, the book moves on to develop increasingly sophisticated ideas whilst repeatedly reinforcing the basic principles of Media Studies. Each component of Media Studies is illustrated with practical examples and guided exercises that demonstrate the application of theories and concepts. In addition, numerous case studies offer examples of Media Studies in practice. Working through these examples, students will acquire the skill set and confidence to tackle the analysis of media products and the discussion of media issues to the standard required at A Level. The focus is on contemporary media, but there is also full acknowledgement of historical precedents, as well as the significance of social, cultural, political and economic contexts.

With its clear structure and integrative approach, A Level Media Studies is the ideal introductory resource for students and teachers.

Table of Contents

List of figures. List of tables. Chapter 1. This Is Media StudiesChapter 2. Media Language, Analysing a Media product: An Introduction to Semiotics Chapter 3. Fictions and Realities: A television case study Chapter 4. Media in a Historical Context Chapter 5. Theory and Debates: The Media Audience Chapter 6. Media Language and Representations: Inequality and Difference Chapter 7. Social and Cultural Contexts Chapter 8. Persuasion: Advertising, Marketing and Propaganda Chapter 9. Media in an Economic context Chapter 10. Theory and Debates in Hypermodern Times: Where Does Meaning Come From? Chapter 11. Media in a Political Context Chapter 12. Media Shorts: A Collection of Readings Index

About the Authors

Pete Bennett has twenty years’ experience teaching A levels at an open access sixth form college. He has written textbooks and academic readers for Film, Media and Communication and Cultural Studies, and English. He is the co-author of AQA’s Communication and Culture A level course and Lead Developer on the new AS in Media Studies. He has spent the last ten years teaching Further Education teachers and running a top up degree. His books now focus on broader cultural and educational issues.

Sarah Casey Benyahia teaches media and film studies at A level and has extensive experience of qualification design and assessment. She is the co-author of several text books for media and film studies as well as Doing Film Studies (2012), Crime (2011) and a contributor to The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films (2014)

Jerry Slater is an experienced teacher, examiner and qualification designer. He has taught media studies at all levels, from GCSE to degree. He is the co-author ofA2 Media Studies The Essential Introduction (2010), A2 Communication and Culture The Essential Introduction (2009), AS Communication and Culture The Essential Introduction (2008) and AQA GCSE Media Studies (2018)

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies