Communication and Culture | Gender, Sexuality, and the Media
C203 | 12366 | Bowdre, K.

TR, 2:30 PM-3:45 PM, TE F258
Required film screenings: T, 7:00 PM -10:00 PM, Location: TBA

Fulfills College S&H Requirement

Instructor: Karen Bowdre
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 235
Phone: 855-0530

This course will explore various images of gender in various media
formats.  We will examine different processes and practices of
gender, specifically in terms of media representations of femininity
and masculinity.  Goals of this course are to gain insight into the
ways in which gender, and its intersections with race, ethnicity,
and class is enacted, represented, and has impact on cultural
formations and communication at different levels and in different
contexts.  The class will also explore the political and personal
consequences of representations of gender through the examination of
specific practices, ranging from cosmetic surgery, sports, and
eating disorders to advertising, television, and language.

Using the lens of critical media and cultural studies approaches,
students will learn to read select examples from this history
towards understanding the broader political economies and cultural
contexts that shaped contemporary understandings of gender, race,
and class.  Students will also learn to analyze how past political
and economic inequalities in the culture industries might structure
our current sense of what it means to be a gendered, raced, and
classed person.

The required screenings and readings for this course will include
but are not limited to films, television series, and scholarly
essays. Students will be expected to write and present response
papers throughout the semester, attend regular screenings,
participate in classroom discussions, and write a final semester
research essay.

* Because this is a 200-level course, it will provide a historical
overview as well as a broad overview of current scholarship in the

* This course is designed to improve students’ abilities to
critically examine notions of gender as they pertain to mediated
images in film and television.

* This class will be a mixture of lecture, small group discussion,
and required weekly film screenings.  Your full participation
involves listening to lectures and fellow students’ arguments in
small or large groups and giving feedback.  Your attendance and
participation is mandatory.