Media, Gender and Sexuality

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Media, Gender and Sexuality

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Gender Studies, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 points from MDIA 200-299

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines the representations, contexts, and politics of gender, sexuality and the media. By interrogating the discourses of gender and sexuality as they are 'mediated' in a variety of forms (television, film, popular music, video games, advertising), we will examine the construction and constitution of femininity, masculinity, heterosexuality, and lesbian/gay/queer identities.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. Critically evaluate how gender and sexuality are represented and produced in a range of media texts, formats, genres and industries
    2. Summarise, utilise and critique key theoretical perspectives that address issues of gender and sexuality, and the media
    3. Evaluate the clarity and structure of a piece of academic work, and integrate critical feedback into their own writing
    4. Explain the relationship between gender and sexuality, and other frameworks of identity (e.g. race, class, disability) in media texts, formats, genres or industries.

    Reading Analysis- 25%
    Peer Feedback Essay- 10%
    Essay- 40%
    Take Home Assignment- 25%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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