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Monica De La Torre
GWSS 251
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Gender and Popular Culture

Introduction to critical examination of gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality in music, film, television, and the internet. Explores cultural meanings and social uses of popular culture by various communities in local and global contexts. Analysis of commercial and independent pop culture. Examination of popular culture forms varies depending on instructor.

Class description

In the digital media age popular culture saturates many aspects of everyday life. This course is a critical examination of the ways popular culture generates and shapes images of gender, race/ethnicity, class, and sexuality. The course will pay special attention to the ways femininity and masculinity are represented and contested in multiple forms of commercial media, independent popular culture including print and electronic media, the advertising industry, and various “objects” of popular culture, such as food, toys, clothing, television, films, the internet and social media.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Monica De La Torre
Date: 03/15/2013