GI403 Half Unit
Gender and Media Representation
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Dr Sadie Wearing, Pankurst House.11.01C
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Gender, Media and Culture. This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, MBA Exchange, MPhil/PhD in Gender, MSc in Culture and Society, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender (Sexuality), MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities and MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course aims to enable students: to think critically about representations of gender in a range of different media; to apply a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of the media; to examine changing representations of gender in the context of wider social changes and to explore questions concerning the interpretation and use of different media formats and content. The course focuses on examples largely drawn from Anglo-American media and usually includes topics such as news media and gender; gendered approaches to contemporary cinema; online environments and gender and critically explores terms such as 'postfeminism' in relation to media content. The course also considers themes such as the nature of contemporary celebrity and questions of media representations of gender in relation to dimensions such as sexuality, class, race, age and (dis)ability.
Students will be expected to maintain familiarity with contemporary UK media, although there is opportunity to research and write on other national contexts.
15 hours of lectures, 15 hours of seminars and 6 hours of classes in the MT.
The classes are compulsory film screenings. Lectures will incorporate audio-visual material. There will be occasional screenings of material to be discussed in class. Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.
Essay (1500-2000 words) to be submitted during class in Week 5 of the MT.
- Carter C and Steiner L (eds) (2004) Critical Readings: Media and Gender
- Dyer, R. (2002) The Matter of Images: Essays on Representation.
- Gill, R. (2007) Gender and the Media
- Hall, S. (1997) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices.
- Tasker, Y. and Negra, D. (eds) (2007) Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture (Console-ing Passions).
- van Zoonen, L, (1994) Feminist Media Studies.
- Waters ,M (ed) (2011) Women on Screen.
Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the LT.
Student performance results
(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Gender Studies
Total students 2017/18: 28
Average class size 2017/18: 11
Controlled access 2017/18: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Commercial awareness
- Specialist skills
Course survey results
(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 81%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)