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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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 and seminar with academic experts, students will be able to analyse different media materials and devices on the basis of what they have learnt during the first part of the course.

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), Inquinamento visuale e sostenibilità dell'immaginario in A. L. Tota (a cura di), Gender e media. Verso un immaginario sostenibile, Meltemi, Milano, first chapter, pp. 15-38.
- Manuale di A.L. Tota, A. De Feo, L. Luchetti, forthcoming (more information will be given)
- 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. In the second part, they will be invited to analyse media texts from a gender perspective in order to foster the construction of an interactive and participative learning context. 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. The students, with two hours to spare, will have to answer three questions extensively.