ASC300 - Gender, Media and Society


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ASC346
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour lecture per week and 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour lecture (recordings provided) per week and 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit takes a sociological approach to gender and the media, exploring gender identities, subjectivities, relations and politics relative to transformative shifts in the media landscape. Gender issues will be examined across the three media dimensions of Industry, Content and Users. Students will be introduced to a rich range of theoretical orientations (such as postfeminism, intersectionality and theories of affect) to critically analyse the workings of gender in the media. Students will learn how to apply sociological and feminist approaches to critically analyse media issues and developments such as hashtag activism, sexism and sexualisation, media (in)visibility, digital labour, online harassment, influencer culture, and popular feminism. By investigating the links between media power, representation, social inequality and social action, this unit fosters critical thinking at the intersections of gender, race, sexuality and ability.

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