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Communication & Culture AS at Charles Darwin School

Course description

This is the course for exploring your own identity and how it has been formed by the culture that surrounds you. We explore different meanings of culture and base the course around the students' own experiences. Your identity is explored, starting with your own preferences in terms of socialising and music, then theory is used to consider how gender, race, class, age, sexuality and other ideological terms have influenced your sense of self. We then go on to consider different models of communication, developing a took kit of terms from the process and semiotic schools of communication which are used in the exam. The course is 50% coursework. This involves writing a short essay on your own tastes, a longer essay exploring popular music and a presentation to show your research findings to other students. There is one exam each year. For the AS exam there are three short essay questions about popular and high culture, non-verbal communication and communication in different contexts. There is also a picture question where students use theory from the tool kits to analyse a picture or advert. Join this course to discover how your personal identity has been shaped by the culture you live in.

Entry requirements

Grade C in English Language GCSE

Future opportunities

Many students find this is an excellent introduction to university studies in many different areas. The course uses theories that apply across many disciplines in social sciences and arts subjects. The A level might be especially suited to students hoping to follow careers in sociology, teaching, journalism and all disciplines that require careful consideration of ideological categories. The focus on presentation skills will be useful in all business environments.There is an excellent textbook that covers the entire year of the course which students must purchase: AS Communication & Culture, Thee Essential Introduction by Bennett and Slater. ISBN no. 041545512X. Cost is about £18.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Charles Darwin School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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