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Learning objective 6.1

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • explore media concepts.

Possible concept links

  • Media in society
  • Reading media texts
  • Media production


  • Explains own and other’s media use.
  • Explains the relationship between an aspect of media and society.

Possible context elaborations

  • Exploring the way we use social networking sites: how does this form of communication shape our relationships?
  • How the media presents celebrity: to what extent does the media affect public reaction?
  • Growth of the Internet: how have newspapers adapted?
  • Digital natives and digital immigrants: is people’s use of the media dependent on how old they are?
  • A local matter: how does the media present different sides of the issue?
  • Film classification: why is it important?
  • The Internet can be a dangerous world: do young people need more rules to keep them safe online?
  • What forms of new media do students participate in and how do they participate?

Possible achievement standards

At the time of publication, achievement standards were in development to align them with The New Zealand Curriculum. Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the NZQA website.

Aligned level 1 achievement standards were registered for use in 2011 and level 2 for use in 2012; level 3 will be registered for use in 2013.

Learning objective 6.1 can be assessed using the following achievement standards:

  • AS90989 Media studies 1.1 Demonstrate understanding of how individuals interact with the media; Internal, 3 credits.
  • AS90991 Media studies 1.3 Demonstrate understanding of the media coverage of a current issue or event; External, 4 credits.
  • AS90995 Media studies 1.7 Demonstrate understanding of rules that govern the media in New Zealand; Internal, 3 credits.

Last updated August 18, 2015