GEND 2018OL - Gender, Sexuality and Media Representation

Online - Semester 2 - 2023

This course examines the complex and contradictory ways in which discourses of gender and sexuality feature in popular media and how they intersect with additional aspects of identity such as race and class. We will also explore ways in which artists and/or activists design cultural works that deliberately seek to challenge or subvert traditional gender and sexuality norms. As well as engaging with theoretical writings from feminism, masculinity studies, queer theory and cultural theories of representation, 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, and social media).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEND 2018OL
    Course Gender, Sexuality and Media Representation
    Coordinating Unit Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Online content
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Incompatible GSSA 2114/EX, GSSA 3102/EX, GEND 2018
    Assessment Short critical essay 25%, Quiz 20%, Final Essay 45%, Participation online discussion board 10%.
    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:

    Introduce students to contemporary theories in gender studies and cultural studies

    Develop students’ specialised knowledge of popular culture and how it impacts on constructions of identity

    Advance social justice issues (gender, race, class) in the context of popular culture texts

    Build on students’ ability to engage critically with popular culture texts

    Develop students’ ability to compare and integrate different perspectives into coherent arguments in a written format

    Build on students’ library and research skills

    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reading lists, web-links, library resources, essay writing guides, study guides, referencing, IT support and TURNITIN will be available.
    Online Learning
    The MyUni site contains some additional resources and materials. Each week after the lecture, the lecture slides and lecture recording are uploaded. Announcements and a discussion board are activated for student queries and the passing on of course information. Websites and some uploaded film/dvd material will complement the material in the reader. Articulate Storyline modules are avaialbe on MyUni. The materials will be released over the semester. As this is an on-line course an on-line forum is also created.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures and screenings supported by on-line tutorials in which examples are analysed, problems posed and solved.

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



    1x1 hour lecture per week

    12 hours per semester

    1x2 hour on-line tutorial per week

    24 hours per semester

    6 hours reading 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 = 156 hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary






    Understanding and Theorising Gender & Sexuality


    Understanding and Theorising Popular Culture


    Reading Popular Culture through Feminism


    Group Work (on-line presentations)




    Social Media and the Internet


    Essay Writing







  • 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





    800 essay




    Group presentation

    Formative and Summative



    2000 essay




    On-line Participation

    Formative and Summative


    11-5, 7

    Assessment Detail
    800 word essay: Students will be required to write a critical response to a set question using the readings from weeks 1-3. “Why is it important to think critically about the relationship between gender, sexuality and popular culture?” – 30% weighting.

    Group Presentation: Students will be allocated a tutorial topic from Week 5 to Week 10 to present (in small groups) in the tutorial – 20% weighting.

    2000 word essay: Students will be required to write a research essay chosen from topics to be circulated in week 6 - 40% weighting.

    On-line Participation: Students engage in on-line discussions and activities, which will include cooperative sharing of materials and information - 10% weighting.
    All assignments will be submitted through MyUni.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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