Gender and the Media

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Gender and the Media

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Gender Studies, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    GEND 101 or GEND 102 or 54 points

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Explores societies? constructions of gender as formative of, and reproduced by, media, and how that process is subject to change. Considers the production, consumption and circulation of media in various forms.

    In this course we ask how and why ?gender' and ?media' seem to have so much to do with each other. Why is ?the media' so influential in creating and perhaps changing ideas and practices of gender? Why are masculinity and femininity such prominent elements of our media fare, so constantly present that often we don't even notice them? In the paper, we start with some of the theory which has tried to tackle these vexed questions. Armed with this theory, we go on to take a look at a variety of media and media issues (blockbuster and independent film, television, video, celebrity, the music and beauty industries, internet and social media, and phones). In each case we ask how media shapes gender, but also how gender shapes media.

    Teaching Arrangements
    There are 2 lectures per week and a tutorial for 8 weeks of the paper. In most weeks there is also a 1-to-2-hour screening.

    Course Structure
    Key topics:
    - Theories of gender and media
    - Film
    - Television
    - Music
    - Beauty industry and advertising
    - Celebrity
    - Internet and social media
    - Mobile phones

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the paper, students should:
    - Be able to discuss relationships between gender and media
    - Be able to critically analyse a media text
    - Have had practice in developing written and verbal arguments

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