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MFCO408 A Topic in Cinema, Gender and Sexuality

An examination of a topic or topics that address the intersection between cinema, gender and sexuality - such as the representation of women in film, cinema audiences and gender, desire and the gaze in the cinema.

This paper focuses upon the contribution that feminist film theory has made to film studies. It revisits and extends work previously covered across the film and media papers on narrative, genre, history, authorship, spectatorship, stars, audiences and representation.

Paper title A Topic in Cinema, Gender and Sexuality
Paper code MFCO408
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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54 300-level MFCO, GEND or FIME points
FIME 406
Teaching staff

Convenor and Lecturer: Professor Catherine Fowler

Paper Structure
Topics covered may include:
  • The (male) gaze
  • Masculinity and the macho stereotype
  • The woman's film
  • Female authorship
  • Experimental feminist cinema
  • The new man
  • Post-feminism, intersectionality and cinema
  • Presentations (and short essays) on the readings and screening materials (2) 25%
  • One long essay (4,000 words) 40%
  • Presentation on essay topic 10%
Teaching Arrangements
The paper is delivered through one 3-hour seminar per week. Students are expected to participate in and lead discussion and take an active part in class sessions as independent learners.
Course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Identify the key debates of feminist film theory
  • Discuss the shifting problematics of the representation of gender and sexuality in cinema
  • Deconstruct the influence of theorisations of the male gaze upon the field of feminist film theory
  • Carry out independent research and write up results in the form of a long essay

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
F1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 11:00-13:50 9-14, 16-22