Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE GDS5006

 
TITLE Gender and Culture

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 10

 
DEPARTMENT Gender and Sexualities

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will contain a historical and theoretical framework to account for the dynamic relationship between gender, culture and society. It will incorporate feminist theory, theories of men and masculinity, and post-structuralism and will explore the history of gender and sexuality; gender, migration, diaspora and multiculturalism; gender literature and language; and gender in contemporary popular culture.

Theoretical frameworks will help situate the students' understanding of gender as it works in society.

In the course of the sessions the participants will:
- reflect on their own position/s in relation to these processes.
- think positively about alternative practices and policies.
- increase their capacity to think critically, historically, and intersectionally about gender as a socially and culturally constructed phenomenon.
- increase their knowledge of and facility with theories in Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, and Critical Theory.
- deepen their understanding of the socially constructed nature of gender and its relation with race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, class, and ability.

Study-unit Aims:

- To provide students with an advanced understanding of gender as a social and cultural construct.
- To facilitate a deepening of knowledge regarding current historical, cultural, sociological, and/or political approaches around the study of gender.
- To enable students to critically evaluate theoretical approaches to gender and sexuality.
- To support and facilitate independent self-directed learning.
- To hone students’ intellectual and generic skills in preparation for further academic/and or professional work - including: a familiarity with and ability to analytically assess the work and issues raised by key thinkers; improve oral and written communication; augment proficiency in critical thinking, research and analytical skills and relate academic knowledge and understanding to everyday situations.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will:
- be able to critically evaluate theories around gender, sexuality, culture and society;
- become acquainted with, and be able to situate gender within a historical framework;
- be able to take a critical position in a debate on contemporary issues regarding cultural, sociological, and/or political approaches to gender.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- support independent self-directed learning;
- declare and practice generic skills in preparation for further academic/and or professional work - i.e. an ability to analytically assess the work and issues raised by key thinkers; communicate well orally and in writing;
- augment his/her proficiency in critical thinking, research and analytical skills;
- relate academic knowledge and understanding to everyday situations.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Hall, S., Evans, J., and S. Nixon, (2013) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Culture, Media and Identities series) London: Sage.
- Mac an Ghaill, Máirtin and Chris Haywood, (2006) Gender, Culture and Society Contemporary Femininities and Masculinities, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Richardson, N. and S. Wearing, (2014) Gender in the Media, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Article:

- Connell R. W. 2005 Change among the Gatekeepers: Men, Masculinities, and Gender Equality in the Global Arena in Signs, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Spring 2005), pp. 1801-1825

Supplementary Readings:

- Beasley, C., (2005) Gender and Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers, London: Sage.
- Gill, R., (2006) Gender and the Media, UK: Polity Press.
- Milestone, K. and A. Meyer, (2011) Gender and Popular Culture, UK: Polity Press.
- Nayak, A., and M. J. Kehily, (2013) Gender, Youth and Culture: Young Masculinities and Femininities, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Additional readings, especially with ref to Malta and Maltese data, will be included as we create direct access and links for the students and make use of the VLE platform - Each session contains a resource pack which includes reading and viewing material, media clips on current issues as they arise etc.

Malta specific, Malta-led data such as:
- Murphy, B (2016) ‘Malta: A critical mapping of women in the media - absences and contested occupancies - from Boardrooms to Broadcasts’. In Ross K. and Padovani C. (eds) Gender Equality and the Media: A Challenge for Europe. Routledge.
- Murphy, B. and Sammut, C. (2016). ‘Media Stories - histories, methods and practices’. In Briguglio, M. & Brown, M. (Eds.). Sociology of the Maltese Islands. Malta: Agenda.
- Baldacchino, R., Cutajar, J., Murphy, B. & Naudi, M. (2016). ‘Gender and Sexuality: Mapping Histories and Departures’. In Briguglio, M. & Brown, M. (Eds.). Sociology of the Maltese Islands. Malta: Agenda.
- Murphy, B (2015) Critical Challenges Facing Women and Girls in the Media: Commonwealth Stories, Global Solutions - Malta and Beyond.
- Murphy, B. 2010, Global Media Monitoring Project 2010 (GMMP) National Report (Malta), Global Media Monitoring Project, WAAC, Canada.
- Murphy B (2009) ‘Gendering the Media: stereotypes at work, strategies for change’, in Exploring the Maltese Media Landscape, Eds. J. Borg, A. Hillman and M. A. Lauri, Malta: Allied Publications.
- Murphy, B. 2005, Global Media Monitoring Project 2005 (GMMP) National Report (Malta), Global Media Monitoring Project, WAAC, Canada.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Online Learning, Lectures and Seminar

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Online Moderated Discussions and Postings SEM2 Yes 20%
Essay SEM2 Yes 80%

 
LECTURER/S Claire Lucille Azzopardi Lane
Brenda Murphy (Co-ord.)

 
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