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MCH8081 : Representations: feminism, race and intersectionality

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tina Sikka
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module will familiarise students with the key frameworks and academic debates as it relates to the intersection between media, gender, race, class, and sexuality. It will provide students with comprehensive knowledge of how feminist theory can be used to explore how power works through the media to construct particular representations of race, class, colonialism, and heteronormativity.

Outline Of Syllabus

The following topics will be developed:
- Feminist media theory
- Intersectionality and media
- Gender and media
- Race, gender and media
- Sexuality, gender and media
- Class, gender and media
- Feminist research methodologies
- Digital media
- Media, gender and power

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Proposal and Essay Assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading114:0044:00Required readings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00On-campus seminar. Can be delivered online if necessary.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study174:0074:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials: These materials constitute the primary method to achieve the knowledge learning outcomes.

Small-group teaching: This approach will allow students to consolidate accumulated knowledge and apply learning outcomes in a group format. Students will be given the opportunity to apply learned skills in these sessions.

Guided independent study: (directed research and reading/assessment prep/independent study). This method will enable students to independently deepen knowledge outcomes and to practise skills while also applying self-management skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A853,500 words, inclusive of 100-word abstract but not including references
Research proposal2M15Essay outline plan, 500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay assessment will allow students to explore a particular issue or set of interests related to gender, intersectionality, and media that is relevant both to them and to the course. It will encourage students to engage critically with important literature, develop key research and analytic skills, work on their writing, and employ critical analysis throughout.

Reading Lists