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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)JaneMaree Maher


Previously coded GND3030


This unit offers students an introduction to feminist cultural studies by exploring questions of gender, sex and media. Critical interdisciplinary approaches are used to address the following key questions:
How is 'gender' created and produced by popular culture?
How are cultural meanings around sex, gender and heterosexuality made, circulated and reinforced?
What roles do consumers have in determining and defining the product?


On successful completion of this unit students should have:

  1. a grounded working knowledge of the major theoretical and methodological approaches that constitute the field of cultural studies and feminist cultural studies;
  2. an informed theoretical critique of how gender is constituted in popular culture;
  3. an interdisciplinary approach to textual analysis;
  4. library-based research skills and a working knowledge of the major data-bases used in cultural studies;
  5. the ability to think critical and analytically, and to be able to articulate those thought processes in a high standard of written and oral expression;
  6. the production of thoroughly researched, well documented and presented written work.

Third-year students will be expected to demonstrate greater capacity for independent research and will be required to answer questions of a more conceptually challenging nature.


Written work: 90%
Class Participation/presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr JaneMaree Maher

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Gender studies
Comparative literature and cultural studies
Journalism studies


A first-year sequence


ATS2561, WMN2030, WMN3030