SOC-30053 - Gender, Power and Representation
Coordinator: Siobhan Holohan Room: CBC0.025 Tel: +44 1782 7 34230
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

Yes

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2022/23

The central aim of this module is to explore how gender is constructed in public narratives. It begins by introducing the conceptual and theoretical feminist frameworks that help us to understand the production and reception of representations of femininities, masculinities, and sexualities, before assessing the ways in which gender intersects with other structures of power, including race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and age. Throughout the module we deconstruct how gender and sexualities have been culturally reproduced through the critical analysis of media texts.

Aims
- To introduce the conceptual and theoretical feminist frameworks that help to understand the production and reception of representations of femininities, masculinities, and sexualities.
- To assess the ways in which gender intersects with other structures of power, including race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and age.
- To deconstruct how gender and sexualities have been culturally reproduced through the critical analysis of media texts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Recognise and define the principal concepts and theories relating to the representation of gender: 2
Critically evaluate feminist theories in relation to the representation of femininities, masculinities, and sexualities: 1,2
Demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which gender intersects with other structures of power, including race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and age: 1,2
Critically analyse media texts in order to reveal how gender and sexualities are culturally reproduced: 1
Demonstrate the ability to carry out independent research and apply this to a specific case study: 1

Study hours

22 hours lecture and seminar time
38 hours class preparation
30 hours case study preparation
60 hours essay preparation

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Case Study weighted 40%
1000 word case study
1000 word critical analysis of one media or digital media representation of gender. Students will choose one media or digital media representation of gender (case study) to critically analyse referring to theories presented on the module.

2: Essay weighted 60%
2000 word essay
2000 word essay. Students will complete one essay chosen from a list of questions relating to topics from the module.