Theory

Postmodernism

Prior to the lesson, ask students to watch the following video and write down the key ideas associated with postmodernism contained within it:


Start the lesson by picking up on the notion of ‘media saturation’ raised in the video. Ask students to write down an account of their day so far and any interaction with the media. The likelihood is that the day (even if it is an early lesson) has been populated by media contact (of some form), such as, checking Twitter and Facebook as soon as they wake up, Snap-chatting friends, listening to music, checking emails and so on.

The class could then be tasked with looking into secularisation. Working in groups, they could investigate evidence that suggests that secularisation is happening (e.g. declining church attendance figures) against the notion that it is not (people are simply ‘consuming’ religion in different ways and perhaps adopting a ‘pick and mix’ approach to it). The two sides of the debate can be drawn up in tables to contribute to a whole class feedback chart.


 

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