Intro to Gender & Media

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Intro to Gender & Media

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The media has been the primary storyteller of American life since the television found its way into every home. Today, the media spans so wide that many of us don't leave home without it in some way, shape, or form. Though you  may not think about it as often, the same is true of our gender and how we are categorized into a single gender identity by others. Like the media, gender is a primary storyteller of our lives and we never leave home without it. Together, these two deeply influence our desires, our culture, and ourselves. This course introduces the framework of how traditional gender roles are defined in America through the various media we consume and invites students to begin applying critical thinking skills to their media activity.

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INTRO TO GENDER & MEDIA
An online course with Alicia Swiz 

Course Description:
The media has been the primary storyteller of American life since the television found its way into every home. Today, the media spans so wide that many of us don't leave home without it in some way, shape, or form. Though you may not think about it as often, the same is true of our gender and how we are categorized into a single gender identity by others. Like the media, gender is a primary storyteller of our lives and we never leave home without it. Together, these two deeply influence our desires, our culture, and our identity. In this course, students are invited to engage with academic texts and pop-cultural content in order to enhance their media literacy skills. 

Course Objectives:
This course centers on the historical context of how normative gender roles are constructed in top grossing, American media. This course consists of six units that will: 
✔️ Introduce formative theories in media and gender studies through written and visual texts.
✔️ Guide students in the application of media theories and critical thinking skills while actively consuming media. 
✔️ Inspire dialogue through discussion questions and prompts.

Course Structure:
The course content is built without a timeline - you can engage with material at any rate you wish - though it is meant to go in order with each unit building on to the next. 

There are six total units: 
Unit One: Media as Storyteller
Unit Two: Status of Women in US Media
Unit Three: The Male Gaze
Unit Four: The Smurfette Principle
Unit Five: The Lolita Effect
Unit Six: Violent Masculinity

Each unit includes:
✔️ Assigned readings specific to that Units theme
✔️ Video lecture by Alicia Swiz
✔️ Notes and additional educational video content
✔️ Suggested screenings for applying knowledge gained in each unit
✔️ Discussion questions and writing prompts to engage critical thinking specific to each unit