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GEND205 Gender and the Media

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 paper 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 that 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.

Paper title Gender and the Media
Paper code GEND205
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
GEND 101 or GEND 102 or 54 points
Restriction
GEND 305
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
The paper is open to students who have requisite 100-level points. Especially suitable for students taking GEND or MFCO papers, but the paper does not rely on prior learning in these subjects.
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Associate Professor Annabel Cooper and guest lecturers.
Paper Structure
Key topics:
  • Theories of gender and media
  • Film
  • Television
  • Music
  • Beauty industry and advertising
  • Celebrity
  • Internet and social media
  • Mobile phones
Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures per week and a tutorial for eight weeks of the paper. In most weeks there is also a 1-to-2-hour screening.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.However, there is a course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 16:00-17:50 31-34, 40-41

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T2 Monday 13:00-13:50 30-33, 36-40
T3 Monday 14:00-14:50 30-33, 36-40
T4 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 30-33, 36-40

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 paper 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 that 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.

Paper title Gender and the Media
Paper code GEND205
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
GEND 101 or GEND 102 or 54 points
Restriction
GEND 305
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
The paper is open to students who have requisite 100-level points. Especially suitable for students taking GEND or MFCO papers, but the paper does not rely on prior learning in these subjects.
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Fairleigh Gilmour and guest lecturers.
Paper Structure
Key topics:
  • Theories of gender and media
  • Film
  • Television
  • Music
  • Beauty industry and advertising
  • Celebrity
  • Internet and social media
  • Mobile phones
Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures per week and a tutorial for eight weeks of the paper. In most weeks there is also a 1-to-2-hour screening.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.However, there is a course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 16:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15-19
T2 Monday 13:00-13:50 10-13, 15-19
T3 Monday 14:00-14:50 10-13, 15-19
T4 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 10-13, 15-19