Module title: Community Media

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD11100
Module leader: Kirsten Macleod
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kirsten Macleod
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning will take the form of 2 outcomes – a practical production within a community media context (LOs 3,4,5,6) and a critical reflective report (LOs 1, 2, 5, 6). These will be supported by lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will be expected to work in groups (LO4) on the production and individually when you will conduct independent study and generate ideas independently. You are expected to identify appropriate texts and literature from which to build research for the critical report (LO1, 2, 5). You will be supported by staff to build a relationship with a community, community media organisation or company during the production and case study (LO3, 4). You will be encouraged to explore a range of technologies associated with the field (LO2, 3).

Formative Assessment:
You will be assessed formatively across the module with regular class presentations & feedback on module reading.
You will work individually to research suitable topics and will present work in progress for feedback to tutor and class.
Groups will also regularly present to class and module leader on group production processes and production practice.

Summative Assessment:
1) Community based production (LOs 3,4,5,6) - you will contribute as part of a team to a collaborative or participatory production with a community media organisation or group (40%).
2) Critical Reflective Report with research (LOs 1,2,5,6) – you will reflect on your experience and learning across the community media production process, and situate your practice within theoretical approach to community media. This will be based on a diary or journal kept during the production process, and independent research in the field (60%). (3000 words)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 21
Face To Face Seminar 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 40 3,4, 5, 6 13 HOURS= .10, WORDS= 0
Report 60 1, 2, 5, 6 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will develop a critical and practical knowledge of the range of contexts and forms of community media practice. This includes participatory and collaborative practice, alternative, radical and citizen’s media, local television and indigenous media. You will research Scottish and international examples of community media production, critically analysing broader political, social, economic and creative contexts. The module will expand your experience of media production encouraging close collaboration with communities and organisations and media producers working with communities.

In groups/pairs or, depending on technical ability, individually, you will work on a collaborative or participatory community based production. You will plan, manage and produce a piece of community-based media that reflects your engagement with participatory production practices. You will devise the production with members of a community and implement an appropriate strategy for distribution and exhibition. You will reflect on the alternative processes of production and distribution, the impact of the work and situate these within contemporary local and international media production contexts. You will produce a Critical Reflective Report based on a blog or production diary, and informed by a theoretical aspect of community media production. This might include questions of practice, distribution, audience, technology or content. The report will demonstrate critical thinking, informed engagement with the field of community media production through research and practice, and the development of your technical and creative skills as well as other transferrable skills developed while working with communities.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically assess literature and debates across the spectrum of community media practice.
LO2: Critically appraise approaches to practice and different social, economic, technological and cultural conditions.
LO3: Demonstrate critical engagement with collaborative and participatory practice in community media contexts across a range of technological applications.
LO4: Demonstrate an ability to work professionally and creatively as part of a group in the development, production and exhibition of a community based production.
LO5: Examine and evaluate the impact of community media on local communities.
LO6: Critically reflect on own role and practice during the production process.

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