36:255 Sex, Gender, Popular Culture [Mason]

Prerequisite: 36:162 or permission of Instructor. 

According to cultural critic bell hooks, popular culture is a primary pedagogical medium for individuals, and has significant power in everyday life. Using popular texts, including TV, movies, news, social and digital media, and novels, this course will engage the tools that cultural studies, feminist studies, queer studies, critical race studies and critical disability studies use to analyze and understand popular cultures, alternative and subversive cultures, and their representations. This course will use intersectional feminist theory as a foundation theoretical frame, and pay specific attention to gender, sexuality, embodiment, ability, class and race. 

Instructor: Corinne Mason