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GCST1603: Screen Cultures and Gender: Film to Apps

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit traces the history of screen cultures from film to apps, focusing on how popular media is used to produce and represent masculinity and femininity. Students will consider cinema, television, videogames, the internet and mobile devices, asking how changing media forms and practices impact on our gendered identities and everyday lives.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Catherine Driscoll,
Lecturer(s) Catherine Driscoll,
Tutor(s) Qilu Wang,
Jia Guo,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Participation
10% - n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Media analysis journal
This journal consists of 4 distinct exercises/entries.
50% - 2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Take-home exercise
40% Formal exam period
Due date: 03 Dec 2021 at 23:59
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to Screen Cultures and Gender Online class (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Mapping Screen/Gender Cultures Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Mapping Screen/Gender Cultures Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 03 The Impact of Popular Cinema Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
The impact of popular cinema Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 04 Television, Gender and Genre Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Television, Gender and Genre Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 05 Age, Gender, Government, and Videogames Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Age, Gender, Government, and Videogames Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 06 Online Culture from the Internet to Social Media Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Online Culture from the Internet to Social Media Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 07 Changing Film; Changing Genders Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Changing Film; Changing Genders Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 08 New TV Suppliers and Representational Diversity Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
New TV Suppliers and Representational Diversity Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 09 Media Fandom Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Media Fandom Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 10 Online Activism and Cancel Culture Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Online Activism and Cancel Culture Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 11 Lifestyle and dating apps Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Lifestyle and dating apps Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 12 "We're All in this Together" - representing Covid-19 and "social distancing" Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
"We're All in this Together" - representing Covid-19 and "social distancing" Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Conclusions - screen cultures and affective networks Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Conclusions - screen cultures and affective networks Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: All lectures will be recorded and made available to students on the LMS. Lectures will include opportunities for questions and interactions that will not be available to students watching a downloaded version after the lecture time.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All required and also all recommended readings are listed on the unit’s Canvas page and available electronically through that site.

See the online syllabus here for more information:

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. critically appraise the relations between cultural change and changing media technologies
  • LO2. appreciate the relationships between popular media forms and gendered identities
  • LO3. apply techniques of discourse analysis, cultural historical analysis, and related theoretical concepts to screen-based popular culture
  • LO4. research evidence and articulate arguments about culture, technology and gender
  • LO5. communicate ideas effectively in academic discourse.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

In response to 2020 feedback some of the content in the final weeks of the unit has been changed.

Please note that the “Media Analysis Journal” is comprised of four short elements due at different times across the unit.

  • Entry 1 is a research training element that can be submitted any time up to 22 November, although it is recommended that it be completed as soon as possible.
  • Entries 2 and 3 are short 500 word papers practicing analysis of contemporary screen culture – students will choose from a range of options for these submissions, due 10 September and 15 October.  
  • Entry 4 is a 1000 word paper analysing contemporary screen culture, with a range of topic options including an autoethnographic option.


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