SOW-VSB9048
Sexuality in contemporary media culture: pornification, censorship, innocent pleasure?
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-VSB9048
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Gender Studies;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. S.P. Dudink
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Lecturer
dr. S.P. Dudink
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. S.P. Dudink
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Period
PER4  (13/04/2020 to 17/07/2020)
Starting block
PER4
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISNo
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
  • Students will be introduced to critical studies of modern media culture and in particular studies of sexuality in this culture.
  • Students will be able to identify and analyse developments in the representation of sexuality in contemporary media culture using insights from current media and sexuality studies.
  • Students will obtain knowledge of various evaluations of these developments and will be able to critically discus these.
Content

The emergence of (post)modern media culture has made many commentators worry: this culture is seen as superficial, sensationalist, immoral and relativistic. When the issue becomes the representation of sexuality in contemporary media culture, these worries seem to become even stronger. In this course we discuss various developments in the representation of sexuality in contemporary media culture and their interpretation and evaluation by scholars of the media and sexuality. Are we living in the age of an immoral and dangerous ‘pornification' of media culture or an age in which access to the innocent pleasures of (representations of) sexuality is finally open to all?

Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Assumed previous knowledge
At least a full year of prior study in the social sciences or humanities is recommended.

Required materials
Articles/texts to read
Literature is available a week before the start of the course on a USB flash drive (bring a laptop!) at the Gender & Diversity secretariat Spinoza building, Montessorilaan 3, A3.11.

Instructional modes
Lecture and Seminars
Attendance MandatoryYes

General
Combination of lectures and seminars

Tests
Take-home exam
Test weight1
Test typeTake-home test
OpportunitiesBlock PER4, Block PER4