Documentary Evidence of Reading Contemporary Society

14. Assessments

Assessment Number 001
Assessment Type (and weighting)Essay (100%)
Assessment NameDocumentary Evidence of Reading Contemporary Society
Assessment Length2500 words
Assessment Submission Date30th Sept.2020,

Learning Outcomes Assessed:

LO1:  Consider different sources of information, examining their suitability for academic study.

LO2:  Examine different types of mass media output, with consideration of views and opinions presented

LO3: Consider the ownership and structure of the mass media

LO4: Examine how people and their situation is presented and how this influences public perception and views within society

LO5:  Develop understanding of the differences between opinion and academic sources

Assessment Brief

Produce an essay of 2500 word choosing one of the five questions as the title.  Please ensure your essay meets the learning outcomes above.

  • Brexit and immigration
  • The movement of #METOO
  • Moral panic and media: Corona Virus (COVID-19), Ebola  Virus disease (EVD)
  • The state of NHS: is it in crisis
  • How social media impact your health?

Using documentary analysis from different sources around a chosen area/s to consider how particular views are presented and how this might shape public opinion on the subject, consider:

  • Do different sources agree/disagree?
  • Are they the same quality? Are they academic? Based on opinion or research?
  • Why is information on your chosen area presented in this way? Why do different forms of media present issues in this way? (Consider this in reference to questions of ownership, bias, political allegiance, power etc.)
  • How might this shape public opinion on the issue/s?
  • Considering which sources are useful and academic – Are any more academic than others? Do we have criteria for assessing this?
  • Considering which varieties of media we get news information from – Which do you think is the most reliable? Most trustworthy? Most honest?
  • Understanding the way mass media shapes understanding, perception and everyday thinking – to what degree do you think you the general population is influenced by media? To what degree do you think media influences you?
  • Are there any news sources which are not opinion based? Which ones do you think are more or less opinion based?
  • Use of language and persuasive writing techniques – what techniques do you think are used? Do any sources not use persuasion techniques to present a certain viewpoint?
  • Considering the representation of different groups in the media – can you think of any groups who tend to be portrayed positively in the media? Are there any groups who tend to be portrayed negatively?

15. General Assessment Criteria for Written Assignments

(Please note that the General Assessment Criteria will also apply. Please see section 15)

First class (70% and above):  This piece of work shows evidence of wider research with reference to a number of differing academic viewpoints. The essay has recognised relevantly and discuss in detail, all the required factors. Several reasoned and logical arguments have been developed well and supported by a wide range of appropriately researched literature. Presentation is of a high standard, and the appropriate essay style. The high number of appropriate sources has been referenced accurately to a high standard.

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