Courses of Study 2017-2018 
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Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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COMM 4260 - Gender and Media

Fall. 3 credits. Student option grading.

B. Duffy.

This seminar addresses the intersection of communication, culture, and identity through an examination of gender and the U.S. media system. After introducing students to key approaches to studying gender and mediated communication, the course will cover topics in four subunits: (1). Mediated representations of gender, sexuality, and intersectionality; (2). Diversity in media industries and gendered labor markets; (3). Gendered audiences and fan cultures; and (4). Gender, power, and identity in a digital era of communication. We will explore these topics through literature from sociology, communication and media studies, cultural studies, feminist theory, and internet/new media studies.

Outcome 1: Interpret key theories and methods of studying media, power, and social identities.

Outcome 2: Examine the role of media in constructing gender and its intersections with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.

Outcome 3: Recognize the importance of diversity in media industries.

Outcome 4: Address the role of new media technologies in challenging and/or reaffirming traditional constructions of gender.

Outcome 5: Develop critical thinking, writing, and analytic skills through the production of an original research paper.

Outcome 6: Become more responsible consumers—and future producers—of media texts and imagery.

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