Screening Sex and Gender
Not available in 2012
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.
By 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.
Course topics may include:
* historical representation of women in film and television
* advertising and music videos
* popular cultural images of homemakers and working women
* masculinity on television and the male audience
* gender and sexuality in popular culture for children and adolescents
* gender and superheroes
* raunch culture
* feminist film theory
or other similar topics, as appropriate.
FILM3270 Screening Sex and Gender and FILM3050 Women and Film
Students 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.
60 units of Film, Media and Cultural Studies courses.
Modes of Delivery
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term