GSSA 3102EX - Gender and Popular Culture

External - Semester 2 - 2015

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of developments in contemporary thought on gender and the ways it is expressed through, represented within, and influenced by popular culture. In particular it will examine the influential role of popular culture on our perceptions of who 'we' are and how we (are expected to) behave. Students will be asked to consider the ways constructions of 'acceptable' gendered identities (most particularly masculinities and femininities) in mainstream popular culture intersect with additional aspects of identity such as race, class, sexuality, disability and so on; it will also explore ways in which artists and/or activists design popular culture works that deliberately seek to challenge or subvert traditional gender norms. As well as engaging with theoretical writings, students will consider gendered expressions and ideas in action through analysing examples of media texts (these may include film, television, print media, art, music video, zines and examples from social media).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GSSA 3102EX
    Course Gender and Popular Culture
    Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s External
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites 12 units level 1 courses
    Incompatible GWSI 3102
    Course Description This course aims to provide students with an understanding of developments in contemporary thought on gender and the ways it is expressed through, represented within, and influenced by popular culture. In particular it will examine the influential role of popular culture on our perceptions of who 'we' are and how we (are expected to) behave. Students will be asked to consider the ways constructions of 'acceptable' gendered identities (most particularly masculinities and femininities) in mainstream popular culture intersect with additional aspects of identity such as race, class, sexuality, disability and so on; it will also explore ways in which artists and/or activists design popular culture works that deliberately seek to challenge or subvert traditional gender norms.

    As well as engaging with theoretical writings, students will consider gendered expressions and ideas in action through analysing examples of media texts (these may include film, television, print media, art, music video, zines and examples from social media).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Pam Papadelos

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Introduce students to contemporary theories in gender studies and cultural studies
    2 Develop students’ specialised knowledge of popular culture and how it impacts on constructions of identity
    3 Advance social justice issues (gender, race, class) in the context of popular culture texts
    4 Build on students’ ability to engage critically with popular culture texts
    5 Develop students' ability to compare and integrate different perspectives into coherent arguments in a written format
    6 Build on students’ library and research skills
    7 Develop students' interpersonal, leadership and teamwork skills
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 4, 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3-7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5-7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 4, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 5, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1. 2. 3. 5. 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3, 5, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    Course-related material will be available online via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Recorded lectures, podcasts, and on-line material supported by on-line tutorials delivered through discussion boards in which examples are analysed, problems posed and solved.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 2-hour online lecture per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1-hour online discussion board each week 12 hours per semester
    6 hours reading/viewing per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction
    Week 2 Understanding and theorising gender
    Week 3 Understanding and theorising popular culture
    Week 4 Reading popular culture through feminism
    Week 5 Group work online consultations
    Week 6 Muisic and style
    Week 7 E-zines, blogs and grrl power
    Week 8 Reading fiction
    Week 9 Masculinity and femininity in magazines
    Week 10 Critiquing television
    Week 11 Conclusion
    Week 12 Online consultations
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will participate in online forums (discussion boards and wikis) for a minimum of one hour each week during which time they will participate in small group discussion and structured activities.



  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    1000 word short critical essay Summative 25% 1, 2, 3, 6
    1000 word group presentation Formative and Summative 25% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
    3000 word essay Formative and Summative 40% 2-6
    Online discussion board participation Formative and Summative 10% 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must complete all assessment elements in order to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Short Critical Essay: 800-1000 Words (25%)
    Write a critical response to the question: Why is it important to think critically about the relationship between gender and popular
    culture?

    Group presentation (25%)
    You will be allocated a tutorial topic to present (in small groups) on-line.

    3000 word Essay (40%)
    Topics will be circulated in class.

    Online Discussion Board participation (10%)
    Students will be expected to log on and actively participate in at least 6 discussions You will be assessed on the level and regularity of your contribution.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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