'Academic porn': the place of pornography in the New Zealand post-primary curriculum

University of Auckland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    'Academic porn': the place of pornography in the New Zealand post-primary curriculum

  • Host University

    University of Auckland

  • Location

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Education, Media Studies, New Zealand Culture, Popular Culture, Research, Social Media, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    It is expected students will have completed at least two full years at a four year instituion at time of participation.

    Required Skills/Pre-requisites

    1. Strong analytical skills; 

    2. Ability to conduct systematic literature reviews; 

    3. Be able to take a consistent and systematic approach in the course of analysing online media; 

    4. A conceptual knowledge of qualitative research methods would be beneficial;

    5. Strong knowledge of feminism and interest in porn studies.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Pornography is now commonplace and an interwoven part of mainstream culture. The continual advancement of technology has led to pornography that is cheaper, even more accessible, and uncomplicated for individuals to discreetly consume. For youth, the proliferation of smart phones means young people can consume pornography in public spaces such as school, the privacy of their own home, as well as almost any location. While there may be benefits to youth engaging with pornography, there are also risks. As such, pornography must be addressed as part of the school curriculum. In New Zealand, research is currently underway investigating young people’s perspectives on sexting and pornography. This project will complement the existing research by exploring the place of pornography in the sex and sexuality curriculum for post-primary schools in New Zealand.

    • Complete a literature grid and review (~5000 words) on porn literacy/ sex and sexuality education for school-aged young people; 
    • Conduct thematic analysis of websites, social media, media articles and blog postings; 
    • Assist in the coding and interpretation of data; 
    • Assist in the identification and development of major themes, and supporting evidence for these ideas, that could serve as the basis for a journal article; 
    • Assist in the writing of a blog post (~1000 words);
    • Maintain frequent contact with the principal researcher, who will clarify aspects of the research process.

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