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TERM: 2022-23 Winter
COURSE NUMBER: SOCI 328
COURSE TITLE: Feminism and Popular Culture
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Jennifer Braun
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Through examples from Canada, American, and "global" culture, we will study the tremendous influence that popular culture, in the form of music, films, televisions, print media, and communication technologies, has on our identities, perceptions, values, and everyday lives. This course considers how popular culture provides us with the scripts to practice femininities, masculinities, and sexualities, and how these practices are infused with race and class. It also examines how we exchange knowledge about race and gender through popular culture.

Prerequisites: SOCI 200 or SOCI 205
REQUIRED TEXTS: Most of the required readings are available for print and download from Moodle. 
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Professionalism 10%
Thought cards 20%
Midterm 20%
Critical Media Presentation 30%
Final Paper 20%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • Use readings in feminist and critical race theory to systematically analyze popular culture around you
  • Explain how pop culture practices, tastes, and expression reproduce race, gender, sexuality and class
  • Propose analytic arguments about popular culture in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction to the Class & Land Acknowledgement
  • Taking a Social Justice Feminist Class
  • The Male Gaze & Feminism, Pop Culture, and the rise of Popular Feminism
  • Problematizing the Disney Princess
  • Femininity, Whiteness, and the Romance Narratives
  • Disciplinary Mechanisms and Emancipatory Practices: Double Binds
  • Disciplinary Mechanisms and Emancipatory Practices: Queering the Body
  • Disciplinary Mechanisms and Emancipatory Practices: Ageing
  • Intersectionality and Sports Media
  • White masculinity and the Privileging of Violence / Rape Culture
  • Bodies, Class, Performance
  • Funny Ladies
  • Feminine Hygeine: Shaming, Periods and Girls, Oh My!
  • Hip Hop Feminism and the Gender of Rap


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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