ATS2561 - Sex and the media - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Brady Robards

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Sex and the media will examine contemporary media and the implications these have for gender, identity, relationships, communities and social policy. Critical interdisciplinary approaches are used to address the following key questions:

How is sex, gender and sexuality created and produced by popular culture?

How are cultural meanings around sex and gender 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 on sex and the media;
  2. An informed theoretical critique of how gender and sexuality is constituted in popular culture;
  3. An interdisciplinary approach to media analysis;
  4. Library-based research skills and a working knowledge of the major data-bases used in the field;
  5. The ability to think critically and analytically about gender representation in the world around them, and to articulate those thoughts in writing


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Sociology.


ATS3561, WMN2030, WMN3030