2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
    Jul 14, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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COM 223, 224 - Feminist Media Studies

Course unit(s): 1
Meets GAR: Meets general academic requirement SL and is a cluster (CL) course and a linked (IL) course when offered as 223.
Feminist scholars have long studied the relationship between gender and media.  This course will explore how television, film, popular music, and cyber culture play a central role in representing, defining, circulating, and constructing gender.  This class takes a multi-media approach; for example, we will study how cultural forms depict different gendered characters on TV shows like Sex and the City and Modern Family, how certain genres are particularly open to queer interpretations like the musical, and how teen girls appropriate the magazine format to produce and circulate their own stories.  This course will be oriented historically to examine how gender roles are constructed by media in specific historical contexts, and then how those representations change (or do not change) over time.  Since much research on gender and the media has historically focused on femininity, this course will likewise focus on femininity, but we will also study the relationship between media and masculinity and sexuality, as well as how gendered identities are always also informed by other relations of power, such as race, class, ethnicity, and age.



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