The course deals with a critical analysis of the gender representations in media. The first part gives a literature overview on the role and influence of media in the social construction of male and female identities. In the second part, methodological tools will be provided in order to deepen the gender perspective in the analysis of communication practices in various media environments (whether digital or not).
The course aims to:
• strengthen the disciplinary knowledge related to the relationship between gender identity and media;
• enhance critical analysis skills through interactive and laboratory teaching;
• encourage the active participation of students with presentations during the lessons, in order to practice their verbal abilities and communication skills.
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Mutuazione: 20710388 GENDER E MEDIA in DAMS (Discipline delle Arti, della Musica e dello Spettacolo) L-3 DE FEO ANTONIETTA


The first part gives an overview on the concepts of gender and sexuality, with particular regard to the social constructivist approaches, queer studies and intersectional feminism perspective. The course aims to provide students with the methodological tools to analyse communication practices in various media (whether digital or not) from a gendered perspective. The second part is dedicated to lab activities. The research lab includes working in groups and will involve students in the design of research paths on specific topics.

Core Documentation

D. Richardson (2015), Conceptualising Gender, in V. Robinson & D. Richardson (eds), Gender and Women’s Studies, Palgrave, pp. 3-22
A. L. Tota (2008), Gender e media. Verso un immaginario sostenibile, Meltemi, Milano (Capitoli: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10)
S. Capecchi (2014), Methodological problems in gender and media research, Qual Quant, 48, pp. 837–844

Type of delivery of the course

The first part consists mainly of lectures supported by Power Point presentations. Some classes will be hosted by guest lecturers who are leading in this field. The second part will be based in lab work. The students will choose and analyze a media text from a gendered point of view. Group work will be presented in the classroom according to a deadline established with the teacher. The presentations will also be enhanced by debates in the classroom, in order to encourage an interactive educational environment. The Professor will communicate and upload the teaching material through the Moodle and Teams platforms.

Type of evaluation

Both attending and non-attending students must pass a written test. This will consist of three open questions, each of them is awarded a mark from zero to ten. During the course, attending students have the opportunity to use the research lab. These students will then present the results of their laboratory work in the classroom. This activity will be awarded a score of one to three in addition to the exam grade.