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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 examines the construction of gender - both femininity and masculinity - in popular culture with a consideration of how social, political and historical forces influences media practices as well as audience consumption preferences.
The primary methodology will be feminist and ideological analysis of gender and media texts within an interdisciplinary context. This is an introduction to sex, gender and popular culture so no prior knowledge base will be assumed; that said, this is a course that works with feminist, anti-racist and anti-homophobia methods and premises as well as with counter-ideological assumptions. A working definition of ideology is the naturalization of cultural conditions and beliefs, especially those about identities, and our primary concern in this course is how this process occurs in media (film, television, documentary, etc.) texts.
Please be advised that this is not a course in film, video and television appreciation; rather, our purpose is to deconstruct the way that mass media texts work in order to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the social, political and historical contexts from which they emerge and which conditions how they function. Your grade for the course will be based on your demonstrated ability to understand and engage the course material in a complex manner.
Goals of the course include the development of critical, feminist and theoretical skills for reading the representation and construction of sex and gender in popular culture; analysis of the relationship between media and ideology; and introduction to the practices, goals, and strategies of alternative (which is to say, feminist) cultural production.
Textbooks and Materials
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.
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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.
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 2013-14 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $597.70; for a 6.0-unit course, $1195.40. See also Tuition and Payment.
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.