Wednesday, 23 March 2011

postmodern media - examiners report

The recently released examiners report fort he January exams contained the following statement...

"Postmodern Media
Stronger answers demonstrated an informed and intelligent understanding of the concept, and supported their answers with well researched case studies. But it seemed that many students had learned by rote some phrases that they repeated ‘parrot fashion’ and this rarely worked. One centre had clearly urged its students to remember the term 'immersion' as a feature of postmodernist texts. One candidate must have mis-heard and repeatedly referred to 'emulsion'. Lyotard and Baudrillard were often referenced (perhaps due to their prominence in the Hodder A2 textbook) and on one level this was impressive but this was accompanied by varying degrees
of understanding so centres are encouraged to be more strategic in differentiating the material they work with. The candidates who had understood and engaged with the concepts and the debates surrounding postmodernism had clearly benefited from the course, and offered some very interesting answers."

- I can't just teach you phrases that you simply learn and regurgitate.
- You have to be able to discuss and engage with the issues.
- Lyotard and Baudrillard- the minimum for a good grade.