Gender, Race, and Pop Culture

GNDS 125/3.0

Explores popular culture from feminist and anti-racist perspectives, with attention to sexuality, gender, race and nation in a variety of media.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 skill; and
  • Develop their skills as “conversational partners” on difficult topics, taking into account their differences and multiple perspectives.


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 Consumtpion of Popular Culture



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 the cultural processes of production, consumption, and representation that shape popular culture.


Summer 2016
Course Dates: 
May 2 - July 22, 2016
Exam Dates: 
July 26 - July 29, 2016


Response Paper10%
Online Discussions/Activities30%
Film Review25%
Proctored Final Exam35%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


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Time Commitment

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.

Course Resources


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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.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows Vista/7/8, Intel Core 2 Duo, or Mac OS X 10.8 or higher, Intel i5 processor, 2 GB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, microphone (or preferably a headset), webcam and up-to-date versions of free software (Firefox/Internet Explorer/Safari, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.


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Tuition Fees

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.

Grading Scheme

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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Non-Queen’s Students

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.

Academic Integrity

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