WGS 211 - Gender and Popular Culture
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
Department: LSA Women's and Gender Studies
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Cost:
50-100
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Gender and popular culture are interrelated social constructs that have a profound impact on our everyday lives. Movies, TV, magazines, and the internet not only reflect what it means to be a man or woman today, they also inform those identities. This course will focus on the visual aspects of these phenomena and survey key methods for interpreting them, including the gaze, queer theory, radical feminist theory, Foucauldean theory, and issues of socioeconomic status. We will apply these theories to examples of contemporary American culture from Instagram and Bar Stool Sports to the suburban home and Beyonce. This process will also allow us to debate questions like: Does gender have to be binary? How does gender affect the experience of space? Is the availability of pornography affecting our ideas of gender? Why is child rearing such a contested domain? How does racial identity influence gender norms? And perhaps most importantly, who is missing from popular representations of gender?

HISTART Distribution Requirements: Europe and the US, Modern and Contemporary

Textbooks/Other Materials: Readings on CTools, Netflix for TV and Film examples, and Gender and Popular Culture: A Visual Study, Tara Ward, ed. Publisher: Cognella ISBN: 978-1-5165-0190-8 Required

Course Requirements:

  • Participation (20%)
  • Discussion (20%)
  • Response Papers (40%)
  • Final Exam (20%)

Intended Audience:

All are welcome! This course is at its best when a wide-range of perspectives are included in the discussion. Students interested in alternative approaches to interpretation and pop culture fans are encouraged to attend. All gender identities will find a friendly and respectful environment.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute lectures and a one-hour discussion section per week. Class time will be divided between formal presentations and discussion. Students will be expected to complete and consider theoretical readings as well as familiarize themselves with examples of contemporary American popular culture in order to prepare for class.

Schedule

WGS 211 - Gender and Popular Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
24420
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10
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
24421
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1
W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
24422
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
24423
Open
1
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
24424
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
24426
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3
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
24427
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
010 (DIS)
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
011 (DIS)
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
013 (DIS)
 In Person
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F 2:00PM - 3:00PM

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