Academic Summer School & Centre for Global Media and Communications

Media and Gender: Representations, Subjectivities and Power (Online)

Key information

2 weeks
Start of programme
18 July – 29 July 2022
Attendance mode
Online Learning
Online Learning

Course overview

This two-week interdisciplinary course addresses the intersection of gender and media through developing a critical understanding of how ‘gender’ helps shape media texts and institutions and how media (understood to include all forms and genres of communication) structure our understandings of gender. The term ‘gender’ refers to constructed ideologies of femininity and masculinity in the public sphere as well as to the intersection of gender with other social identities – including cultural categories such as religion, race, class, and sexuality. Focusing on studies and examples from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, we will examine the ways in which gender is represented, reproduced, targeted and normalized in a variety of media outlets, and address how textual, visual and aural images mediate, challenge and also reproduce gender ideologies and gender identities that intersect with other social identities, class and race. At the same time, we will address how the social construction of gender is continuously challenged in different media genres and forms and by whom, thus acknowledging individual and collective agency and lived experiences in different socio-historical contexts.

For more information, please see the course handbook: Media and Gender: Representations, Subjectivities and Power (pdf; 125kb)

"The classes in general but also the entire atmosphere our learning was embedded in a rare, warm academic environment filled with respect that I'd like any other university to take as an example." - Chloe (Media and Gender, 2020)

What will I learn?

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand key theories and methods of studying media, power, and social identities
  • Examine the role of media in constructing gender and its intersections with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality
  • Address and recognize the persistence of gendered media industries
  • Address the role of new media technologies in challenging and/or reaffirming traditional constructs of gender

For further information on credits, entry requirements and fees, please visit our Online Learning webpage.

If you have any question, please fill out our enquiries form .


Programme Schedule

A full programme schedule and updated handbook are being developed and will be available soon.

Sample Reading list:

  • Feminist Principles of the Internet (2016). Available at:
  • Hall, Stuart (1997). The Work of Representation. In Stuart Hall, ed.,. Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. London: Sage.
  • Haraway, Donna (1988). Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective. Feminist Studies, 14(3), 575–599
    hooks, bell (1992). The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators. In Black Looks: Race and Representation. Boston: South End Press. pp. 115-131
  • Mulvey, Laura (1975). Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema. Screen, 16(3), pp. 6–18
  • Rush, Peter and Elander, Maria (2018). Working through the cinematography of international criminal justice: procedures of law and images of atrocity. London Review of International Law, 6(1), 17–43.
  • Tan, Jia (2017). Digital Masquerading: Feminist Media Activism in China. Crime, Media, Culture, 13(2), 171–186.


Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules .

Fees and funding


Application fee

A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.


10% discount if you apply for two courses over 4 weeks

15% discount for SOAS alumni (including Academic Summer School alumni)

20% discount for our partner institutions

Other discounts are available for groups. Please contact us for more information.