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Gender, Race, and Pop Culture
Explores popular culture from feminist and anti-racist perspectives, with attention to sexuality, gender, race and nation in a variety of media.
This online gender studies course explores popular culture from feminist and anti-racist perspectives, with attention to gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation in a variety of media. Students will examine the constructions of gender – both femininity and masculinity – in popular culture and consider how social, political, and historical forces influence media practices, as well as audience consumption preferences. In particular, the course explores the cultural processes of production, consumption, and representation that shape popular culture. The purpose of this course, therefore, is to expose students to representations of gender and race in a wide range of forms of contemporary pop culture, invite critique of mass media and popular culture, and introduce students to using intersectional analysis. Because this course is an introduction to gender, race, and popular culture, no prior knowledge base will be assumed.
|Film Review or Meid Critique||25%|
|Proctored Final Exam||35%|
* Evaluation subject to change
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Define key concepts and theories drawn from gender and feminist studies, anti-racist and decolonization studies, and media studies;
- Explain how power, privilege, and oppression are implicated in cultural processes of production, consumption, and representation;
- Apply a feminist and critical-cultural lens for reading the construction and representation of gender, race, sexuality, class, and nationhood in popular culture;
- Utilize an intersectional approach to analyze how the experiences of various social groups relate to popular culture;
- Analyze the relationship between media and ideology;
- Demonstrate reflective written communication skills;
- Develop their skills as “conversational partners” on difficult topics, taking into account their differences and multiple perspective
Topics covered in this course include:
|Unit 1||Introduction to Gender, Race and Popular Culture|
|Unit 2||Gender, Race ande the Production of Popular Culture|
|Unit 3||Representations of Gender and Race in Popular Culture|
|Unit 4||Gender, Race and the Consumption of Popular Culture|
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
- Milestone, Katie and Anneke Meyer. 2012. Gender and Popular Culture. Malden, MA: Polity Press.
- Lind, Rebecca Ann. 2013. Race/Gender/Class/Media 3.0. Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content, and Producers. [3rd edition]. Toronto: Pearson.
- Other book chapters available as PDF documents on Moodle.
Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (112 hours per term) in study / practice and online activity for GNDS 125.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
|Letter Grade||Grade Point|
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All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.