Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Media Literacy and Gender Issues

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Gender and Sexualities

DESCRIPTION Literacy brings about transformations and media literacy brings about profound empowerment and transformation in learners.

The study-unit is an introduction to media literacy and how it can be used to bring about gender equity. It introduces the student to media literacy as a concept and as a tool.

With ever increasing screen-time, there is a great need for any ‘reader’ to fully understand how the media works, how it constructs gendered realities and how it constructs the reader or audience in a range of possible modes of reception. The study unit will also support students as they engage with the research around how digital use is gendered.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to:
- raise awareness and critical ability;
- examine theories of media literacy;
- explore the role the media plays in the social and cultural project around gender equity;
- equip learners with knowledge on the legislation and resources available within a European context.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- critically engage with concepts and theories;
- demonstrate a good understanding of the conceptual frameworks surrounding Media Literacy;
- demonstrate good awareness of the benefits of media literacy programmes;
- demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge through engaged discussion in class presentation and in debates.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- prepare a concise and focused presentation on one element of a complex issue;
- apply their increased knowledge, awareness and understanding to their daily lives and the lives of those around them.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Media Literacy Project:
- Journal of Media Literacy Education:
- Centre for Media Literacy:
- Spotlight on Digital Media & Learning 2014 Digital Divide, Kindle Book.

Specific readings will be given for the individual lectures.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Sandy Calleja Portelli
Brenda Murphy (Co-ord.)

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