For those teachers who have done 'Relationships' as a Preliminary AOS, this is a good elective choice and 'Street Photography' might be a good related text. It would enable students to look at social interactions as well as media. It would also allow a focus on composers wanting to explore a social message, raise awareness, reflect social concerns or give a snapshot of the times. The image below raises the paradox of media connection narrowing rather than broadening social interaction. Discussing the compositional elements could stimulate students thinking about what is the photographer trying to convey and how does he do this. An effective entry point to the elective.
There are many famous photographers including Bruce Gilden and Garry Binogrand, who focus on social or street subject matter. Well worth taking a look to judge if it might stimulate sound discussion to kick-start the elective.
What I find many teachers place too little stress on when teaching Module C is that this is primarily a social context focus. It has a broad conceptual sweep as typical with this syllabus, but it is a very multi-layered evaluation of connectedness. The guidelines direct us to examine various ways in which individuals interact and what are ramifications of such connections.
I would use Street Photography or Real Life Photography to trigger initial discussion. The image I have used is a good example of how you could examine it for different types of interactions - generational, filial, competitive, community and so on. You could then look at why they are there, what are their individual and social purposes as well as social context could impact on their attitudes, beliefs, identities and behaviours.
This is a rich elective but unfortunately the text options apart from 'Romulus, My Father' and the poems from 'At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners', do not thrill me overmuch. I was decidedly unimpressed with 'Feed', thinking that 'Neuromancer' handled similar subject matter in a much richer, more dynamic way. I was bored after the first ten pages and felt it would offer students little to offer as a prescribed study. While Arthur Miller's play 'All My Sons' is a wonderful text, it seems too taxing for general Standard students to handle for this elective.
Text selection always comes down to the student cohort you are dealing with. This is why I always, always advocate that teachers have some autonomy when choosing texts. While it might be administratively easier for everyone to do the same text, it does not account for teacher preference and expertise or for what would be best suited for individual classes. That is an educational argument however, I think I lost quite a while back.
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