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Gender, Race, & Popular Culture
Explores popular culture from feminist and anti-racist perspectives, with attention to sexuality, gender, race and nation in a variety of media.
- Define key concepts and theories drawn from gender and feminist studies, anti-racist and postcolonial studies, and media studies;
- Critically analyze the relationship between media and ideology;
- 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 constructions and representations of gender, race, sexuality, class, and nationhood in popular culture;
- Utilize an intersectional approach to illustrate how hierarchical social divisions can affect different lived experiences of pop culture;
- Develop written communication skills in becoming “conversational partners” on difficult topics.
|Unit 1:||Introduction to Studies in Feminism and Popular Culture|
|Unit 2:||The Production of Popular Culture|
|Unit 3:||Representations of Gender/Race/Sexuality/Class/Nation in Popular Culture|
|Unit 4:||Audiences and the Consumption of Popular Culture|
This course explores popular culture from feminist and anti-racist perspectives. Students examine how gender, race, sexuality, class, and nationality are constructed and reproduced in a variety of media, and specifically through the cultural processes of production, consumption, and representation that shape popular culture. In conjunction, the course considers how social, political, and historical forces influence media practices and audience consumption preferences.
|Critical Response #1||10%|
|Critical Response #2||15%|
|Online Discussions (2x10%)||20%|
|Proctored Final Exam||30%|
**Evaluation Subject to Change**
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.
- Lind, Rebecca Ann. 2013. Race/Gender/Class/Media 3.0. Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content, and Producers. [3rd edition]. Toronto: Pearson.
- eBook available
- Custom course pack by Oxford University Press
- Other book chapters available as PDF documents on onQ.
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week (120 hours per term) on the course.
onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ 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 onQ 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 or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.
- Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
- Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
- Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
- Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash
See also Getting Started.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer term 2017, Fall tern 2017 and Winter term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $666.91; for a 6.0-unit course, $1333.82. See also Tuition and Fees.
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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How does this affect my academics?
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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.