UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

COMM4102 Sexuality, Media, Culture

Credit 6 points
  Offering
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Communication and Media Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content Digital media has significantly changed the ways in which we think about sex, sexuality, censorship, bodies and identity. This unit introduces students to a range of issues relating to sexuality and digital media. By examining the ways in which digital, interactive media represents, constitutes and circulates ideas of sex and sexuality, students gain a strong, working knowledge of the ways in which digital media is changing ideas related to sex and sexuality, including minority sexual identities, youth sexuality, depictions of sexual material, pornography and censorship. The unit introduces participants to a range of theoretical approaches to the study of digital media and issues in contemporary culture. Some topics covered in the unit include the changing representation of minority sexualities within the growth of digital, online media; the impact of online pornography distribution on perceptions of bodies, advertising, legislation and censorship; issues related to youth access to online sexual material; the persistence of stereotypes related to sexuality and methods for combating them; and the use of online and mobile technologies in sexual behaviour and sexual material sharing (texting/sexting).
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand and apply a range of approaches, theories and forms of knowledge necessary for discussing the relationship between media, digital technology and culture; (2) conduct research projects on topical areas of cultural sensitivity with a view to cultural diversity and gender equality; (3) analyse complex media, communication and policy texts in the context of censorship regimes, controversy, scandal and moral panic; (4) capably develop innovative texts, opinion pieces, blogs and digital communication on sensitive or culturally complex topics; and (5) further develop research and writing skills through a range of assigned activities.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) online exercises; (2) major essay or creative project; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Kyra Clarke
Unit rules
Incompatibility: COMM7482 Honours Seminar 2 (Communication Studies)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/COMM4102/SEM-1/2017

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