Film Classification Systems in Québec
Level: Grades 11-12 (Secondary 4 and 5)
Author: Thierry Plante, Media Education Specialist, MediaSmarts
Duration: 2.5 hours
This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.
In this lesson students learn about the systems used to classify films, TV programs and video games. Students are asked to take a critical look at the criteria applied to classify these media products, and then take into account and discuss the underlying social and political aspects arising from those systems.
- understand the film classification system of the Régie du cinéma;
- understand TV program and video game classification systems and discuss them with a critical eye;
- understand the legal and ethical issues associated with limiting the access of the population to some media products;
- become aware of the challenges facing film classification regulators in determining “social consensus”;
- understand the following media literacy key concepts in relation to film classification:
- that media products have social and political implications;
- that audiences negotiate meaning;
- that media have commercial considerations
- read an article and answer comprehension questions;
- present and defend an opinion.
If students participate in the optional activity, they will also learn:
- how to assert their opinions;
- how to defend their rights as citizens and consumers.
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.