Not currently offered
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 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 currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

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. Demonstrate knowledge of critical discourses surrounding gender and sexuality in screen texts

4. Formulate proposals for original research projects and undertake scholarly research


Course 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.

Assumed knowledge

80 units at 1000 level

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Scene analysis

Journal: Reflective journals/blogs