FS40370 Media, Gender, and Sexuality

Academic Year 2023/2024

For decades, the media have been an important force in shaping conceptions of gender, race, and sexuality. This module will focus on the interdisciplinary and intersectional analyses of media texts, focusing on the ways in which they engage with gender & sexuality. Drawing from a wide range of academic literature including feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory, feminist film theory, postcolonial theory, and cultural studies, we will trace the many meanings of mediated representations of gender in the 20th and 21st centuries. Along with film and television, we will also look at how the prevalence of digital media is transforming our understanding of gender and power. The module focuses on both Western and global feminist perspectives on gender, race, class, and sexuality. Students are expected to develop advanced analytical, research, and writing skills.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• Understand key theories and methods of studying media, power, and social identities and engage with feminist media studies as a key sub-discipline.

• Analyze the ways in which media constructs gender and its intersections with race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and sexuality.

• Critically interrogate American and Euro-Centric perspectives of feminist and media theories.

• Develop advanced research, writing, and analytical skills through work on a substantial research paper.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will be expected to make in-depth class presentations each week applying current affairs and relevant outside examples to class materials. They will also work towards a final research project in parts; developing an annotated bibliography, a research proposal, and a final paper. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Final research paper (3500-4000 words). Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Presentation: Students are required to make class presentations in small groups of 2-3. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Research proposal (1500-2000 words). Week 5 n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 11:00 - 12:50