Telecommunications | Women in the Media
T192 | 14241 | Krieger, M.

T192 Women in the Media
TR 1:00pm-2:15pm RTV 251

Course Description
This course is interested in what can be learned about societal
attitudes and expectations of gender from a critical examination of
the representations of women in the mass media. In the course of our
daily lives we are exposed to thousands of advertisements, watch
hours of television, watch movies, leaf through magazines and
newspapers, listen to recordings, and surf the web; all the time
absorbing, often unconsciously, stories that tell us something about
social order and expectations. Acknowledging that there are many
stories on which to focus an analytical lens, this course is
interested in the stories told about gender in these media. In Women
in the Media, we will look at television, film, popular music,
computer, and print media, investigating what the stories told about
women through their representations in the media reveal to us about
the social, economic, and political realities they face, and how
these have changed in the last century. The course will be divided
into three units; the first unit will focus on developing media
literacy skills through analysis of music videos and magazines, as
well as core analytical tools and concepts. The second and third
units will explore women’s representation respectively in television
and film from the 1930s to the present.

This course counts toward Social and Historical Studies distribution
requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. It may, or may
not, also count toward other degree requirements. For more
information about which requirements this course could fulfill see
the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin at If you have
questions, or need additional help, see your academic advisor.