Communication and Culture | Gender, Sexuality, and the Media
C203 | 12953 | Bowdre, K.

MTuWTh, 10:20 AM-11:35 AM, C2 203
Required film screening: F, 10:20 AM-12:20 PM, C2 100

Fulfills College S&H Requirement

Instructor: Karen Bowdre
Office: C2 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 studentsí 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 studentsí arguments in small or
large groups and giving feedback.  Your attendance and participation
is mandatory.