Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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 audience 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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the cultural, historical and political contexts of how gender and sexuality are represented in film and television.

2. Critically analyse gender and sexuality in film and television texts.

3. Outline and debate critical discourses surrounding gender and sexuality in screen texts.

4. Formulate proposals for original research projects.

5. Undertake scholarly research.


Course topics may include:

  • gender and genre;
  • historical representation of women in film and television;
  • screen constructions of sexuality in relation to coming of age narratives;
  • advertising and music videos;
  • masculinity on screen;
  • audiences;
  • gender in film and television for children;
  • queer sexuality and identity;
  • diverse gender presentations on screen;
  • transgender representation on screen;
  • intersex and/or non-binary representation on screen.

or other similar topics, as appropriate.

Assumed knowledge

80 units at 1000 level

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Scene analysis (30%)

Journal: Reflective journals/blogs (30%)

Essay: Research project (40%)

Contact hours


Film Screening

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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