Undergraduate Course: Gender and Media in the Arab World (IMES10085)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides a gender-centric analysis of various media (including print, broadcast, and online media) in the Arab world. Focusing on women in particular, the course will visit several central themes: Arab media as potential feminist counterpublics, representations of women in Arab media, Arab women's media activism, Arab women within media institutions, sexuality in Arab media, representations of Arab/Muslim women in Western media, and women in the media during the so-called Arab Spring. The course will highlight different approaches to the study of gender in Arab media, and will focus on critically assessing these approaches while grounding the analysis in the socio-economic realities of the Arab world today.
1- Understanding media landscapes in the Arab world
This class sets the stage for subsequent sessions by visiting some of the key features of media landscapes in the Arab region.
2- Gendering the Arab world
Also setting the stage for the following weeks, this class examines gender politics in Arab countries, with an emphasis on themes such as the body and sexuality.
3- Locating gender in Arab media and popular culture
This class places the study of gender squarely within the media and culture of the Arab world.
4- Arab media as a public sphere: a 'feminist counterpublic'?
Can Arab media provide an alternative 'public sphere' where feminist concerns and issues are approached openly?
5- Representations of women in Arab media
Arab media represent women in a multitude of ways. This class explores these representations in various media.
6- Sexuality in Arab media
The focus in this session is specifically on female sexuality in Arab media messages, but some attention will also be paid to male sexuality.
7- Representations of Arab/Muslim women in Western media
To provide a comparative angle to the course, this class examines how Arab/Muslim women are represented in Western media. Students will be expected to draw on critical insights gained in previous weeks to compare between Arab and Western media representations.
8- Arab women as media professionals: does critical mass matter?
This session problematises the idea that female Arab media professionals can create change towards gender equality in Arab media.
9- Gender media activism in the Arab world
Following from the previous session, this class investigates the various ways the media are used as platforms for gender equality activism in the region.
10- In the eye of the media: women and the Arab spring
The emphasis in this session is on Arab women's use of the media during the so-called Arab Spring and the different representations of female activists/agitators in the media.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Before enrolling students on this course, you are asked to contact the IMES Secretary to ensure that a place is available ( e-mail email@example.com).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 courses in a suitable subject area at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). Only University/College level courses will be taken into consideration. This will be checked by the Visiting student office.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
1500 word essay: 30%
2000 word essay: 55%
|No Exam Information
| By the end of this course successful students will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the theoretical and methodological approaches applied in the study of gender in Arab media
- Explain and critique the role of the media in perpetuating, or challenging, gender stereotypes in the wider Arab society
- Demonstrate advanced awareness of the relationship between socio-economic conditions, gender, and media in the Arab world
- Apply this critical familiarity with gender and media towards the successful completion of their coursework
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Academic writing and referencing
- Oral presentation competency
- Time management
|Course organiser||Dr Ebtihal Mahadeen
Tel: (0131 6)50 4463
|Course secretary||Mrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161