Course provided by Future Learn

Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free

Overview

Develop critical skills for analysing the media through a gendered lens

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: On this special extended version of the course the Educators will continue to join the discussions and respond to individual comments but less frequently; this will likely mean that they will not be able to respond to each individual comment or question. Please also note that there will not be any Live Stream sessions during this run, however links to recordings of previous sessions will be included for your benefit.

What topics will you cover?

Studying gender and the media can be complex. First you’ll develop a critical toolkit for thinking about and analysing the media, including:

  • Key concepts and definitions

  • Media monitoring in fact and fiction

Once you’ve developed your critical toolkit, we’ll then put it to work. You’ll explore the representation of women in five crucial areas:

  • Politics

  • Violence

  • Sports

  • Sexualisation and body image

  • Feminist media and digital media

These different topics will allow you to explore the relationship between the media and gender, especially in relation to other structural inequalities including race, age, sexuality and disability.
Representations of women in the media can differ across different geographical contexts.

Throughout the course, we’ll ask you to contribute examples of the media where you are in relation to these topics.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

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.

Who developed the course?

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university located in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, committed to useful learning.