Monica De La Torre
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.
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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