Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSociology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Amy Dobson


Previously coded GND2030


Sex and the media will examine contemporary media and the implications these have for gender, identity, relationships, communities and social policy. Critical interdisciplinary approaches are used to address the following key questions:
How is sex, gender and sexuality created and produced by popular culture?
How are cultural meanings around sex and gender made, circulated and reinforced?
What roles do consumers have in determining and defining the product?


On successful completion of this unit students should have:

  1. A grounded working knowledge of the major theoretical and methodological approaches on sex and the media;
  2. An informed theoretical critique of how gender and sexuality is constituted in popular culture;
  3. An interdisciplinary approach to media analysis;
  4. Library-based research skills and a working knowledge of the major data-bases used in the field;
  5. The ability to think critically and analytically about gender representation in the world around them, and to articulate those thoughts in writing


Written work: 90%
Class participation/presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Two Gateway units in a related discipline


ATS3561, WMN2030, WMN3030