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ALC209 - Screening Contemporary Masculinities

Enrolment modes:
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:L Star
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.

Content

Interest in how ‘maleness’ is learned, performed, challenged and modified has grown in the past decades, alongside public disquiet about ‘troubled’ boys and men, and pursuit of solutions. Often the focus is on media 'effects', or the extent to which popular music, games, advertising, film, television, smartphones, and the www can be seen as encouraging, or could help reduce, problems like bullying, intergroup violence, shootings, youth suicide, body image anxieties, homophobia, drug abuse, road crashes, gangs, crime, and sexually transmitted diseases. The unit addresses leading contemporary explanations for how audiences engage with and whether they are influenced by, on-screen masculinity performances and stories. Do moving images ‘reflect’ or ‘teach’ masculinities, and why the anxious focus on young people? The unit denaturalises essentialist ideas about gender and other intersecting identities, ethnicity, sexual orientation and social class. The second half introduces four poststructuralist explanations: feminist psychoanalysis, Foucauldian discourse analysis, postmodern gender theory, and queer cinema.

Assessment

Campus:

Online Library Exercise 15%, 600 word equivalent

Essay 25%, 1000 words

Group Observation Project Presentation (in class) 25%, 1000 word equivalent

Online Test 35%, 1400 word equivalent

 

Cloud (online):

Online Library Exercise 15%, 600 word equivalent

Essay 25%, 1000 words

Individual Observation Project Presentation (online) 25%, 1000 word equivalent

Online Test 35%, 1400 word equivalent

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$755$755$2581$2922

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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