Screening Sex and Gender

Course code FMCS3900Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Gender and sexuality are two key elements that help determine social relations and as such an analytical study of these concepts is vital to an understanding of human society and culture. From a young age, we are constantly exposed to television and film, and this course examines how gender and sexuality are defined, represented and constructed by television and film, and how film and television may influence individual and societal understandings and expectations of gender and sexuality. The course will also take up questions of reception and spectatorship and ask students to engage with the critical discourses surrounding gender and sexuality in film and television. At the end of the course, students will, in consultation with the lecturer, develop their own unique project exploring gender and sexuality in screen texts.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of this course, students will be able to:
* Explain the cultural, historical and political contexts of how gender and sexuality are represented in film and television.
* Critically analyse gender and sexuality in film and television texts.
* Demonstrate knowledge of critical discourses surrounding gender and sexuality in screen texts.
* Formulate proposals for original research projects and undertake scholarly research.
ContentCourse topics may include:
* sexuality, gender and genre;
* virginity;
* historical representation of women in film and television;
* advertising and music videos;
* masculinity on television and the male audience;
* gender in film and television for children;
* vampires;
* queer sexuality;
* diverse gender presentations on screen;
or other similar topics, as appropriate.
Replacing Course(s)FILM3270 Screening Sex and Gender and FILM3050 Women and Film
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed FILM3270 Screening Sex and Gender or FILM3050 Women and Film are not eligible to enrol in FMCS3900 Screening Sex and Gender.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge80 units at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLaboratory
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsScene analysis 1000 words, 25%

Essay 2000 words, 40%
JournalReflective journals/blogs 1500 words, 35%
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term