Identity and Difference
Area of Study
Media Studies, Multicultural Studies
Taught In English
Successful completion of introductory level media and cultural studies.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
This module introduces major theories in media and cultural studies in order to explore
the ways in which different social groups ? different ?identities?? are represented in the
The module examines both mainstream and alternative media representations of gender
and sexuality, ?race? and ethnicity, social class and national identity, amongst others.
These are approached through theories that focus on the significance of ideas of
?identity?, ?difference?, ?culture?, and ?ideology? in these representations.
The module also addresses the ways in which the media address different audience
groups in terms of their gender/sexuality, class, and ?race?/ethnicity and explores the
extent to which the media define the interests, activities, and characteristics of these
The module is divided into three blocks. The first block provides a general introduction to
theories of identity, representative examples of selected identity groups, and major
methodological approaches to the analysis of identity that will be required for the
completion of the module assessment. The other two blocks concentrate in detail on
selected identity formations: gender/sexuality and ?race?/ethnicity.
Summary of autumn semester content:
? Gender and the Media
? Living online: Technology and virtual Identity
? Representing class, nation, and race
? Consumer culture: Western and non-western
? Music and Identity
Summary of spring semester content:
? Gender and the Media
? Stuff for Boys ? Masculinity in the Media
? Race and America
? Music videos and gender performance
? Contemporary feminism and the media
? Living Online: Technology and virtual identity
Teaching: Weekly one hour lectures/workshops and one hour seminars
STUDY OPTION 1:
? 1500 word Independent Research Exercise (40%)
? 2500 word Research Assignment (60%)
STUDY OPTION 2: Research exercise
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
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