Part I – Language in Context

Unit – Taboo Language

Swearing and Being “Politically Correct” Who decides what we can and cannot say? What makes a word or idea “offensive”?

Significant Concept(s): We express ourselves differently. Society regulates expression.

TOK Links:  WoK – Language, Emotion  AoK – Ethics, The Arts, History, Human Sciences

You will study a range of media that explore issues of humanity, culture, society and perspective with regard to the guiding questions:

  • George Carlin’s “7 Filthy Words”

  • Origin of curse words

  • Mad Men series

  • “South Park” series

  • TV censorship rules (e.g. Indonesia, Malysia, U.S.)

  • Sexual harassment laws then and now


  • Written Task 1

  • FOA

Text Types: PC short stories, interviews, magazine articles, encyclopaedia entry, opinion columns

Unit – Gender and Sexuality

“Who do you think I am? Who do you want me to be?”

Significant Concept

“Societies create expectations with regard to gender and sexuality.”

TOK Links: WoK – Language, Emotion, Reason, Sensory Perception  AoK – Ethics, The Arts, History, Human Sciences


Constructing Gender

Women and Sunday Night Football (movie)

Marketing & Advertising

Feminism and Feminist Criticism

Million Dollar Baby [2004] dir. Clint Eastwood

Readings & Texts:

Barbie Dolls vs Sea Monsters by

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


– Written Task 1 [October]

– F.O.A. [November]

– Written Task 2 [HL Only – October]

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