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.

Description

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.

Evaluation

Reflection Paper5%
Reflection Paper10%
Online Discussions/Activities (3 - 10% each)30%
Film Review or Meid Critique20%
Proctored Final Exam35%

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.

Topics

Learning Outcomes

  • Define key concepts and theories drawn from gender and feminist studies, anti-racist and decolonization studies, and media studies;
  • Recognize the production and consumption of popular culture as a contested space of meaning in relation to racial categories and other significant identity categories and social markers, such as gender, class, and sexuality;
  • Apply feminist and critical thinking skills for reading the construction and representation of sex, gender, and race in popular culture;
  • Develop the ability and willingness to enjoy popular culture while maintaining a critical gaze, and becoming a critical consumer.
  • Utilize intersectional conceptual frameworks to comprehend the subtle and not subtle ways that sexist, racist, homophobic and Islamophobic meanings are perpetuated and taught through various forms of popular culture;
  • Identify the ways in which injustice and inequality operate within a context of cultural production and be able to analyze how consumption and the privileges afforded to each of us (in different ways) contribute to or undermine such injustice;
  • 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 perspectives.

Topics

Unit 1Introduction to Gender, Race and Popular Culture
Unit 2Gender, Race and the Production of Popular Culture
Unit 3Representations of Gender and Race in Popular Culture
Unit 4Gender, Race and the Consumption of Popular Cultre

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About MOODLE

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.

Computer Requirements

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.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.

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
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

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

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.