Develop an understanding of key concepts for studying gender in the media, with a particular emphasis on how we understand gender in relation to other structural inequalities including race, age, sexuality and disability.
Develop critical skills for analysing contemporary media texts through a gendered lens.
Explore how the approaches considered in this course play out in your own regional contexts.
Investigate how feminist and women’s organisations have worked to challenge and change mainstream media representations.
From Beyoncé performing in front of a lit up ‘Feminist’ sign to the #MeToo movement, feminist issues have never seemed so popular in the media. However, research still consistently highlights the under-representation of women in the media, especially amongst marginalised groups.
On this course, you’ll be introduced to key gender issues. You’ll explore female representation in areas from news to sports to feature films, and discover why equal representation still looks a long way off.
You’ll also consider what can be done to offer alternative depictions of women to the mainstream media.
Key concepts and definitions
Media monitoring in fact and fiction
This course is designed for anyone who wants to be able to engage with media more critically, or anyone who wants to learn more about gender inequality, female media representation, media studies, feminist activism and feminist analysis.