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Course Description:

In this course, students will examine the portrayals of women and teenage girls in the media. Each student will choose which particular media to examine, choosing to examine magazines, newspapers, television, film, popular music and/or the Internet along with the advertising that supports so many of these. Students may pursue such topics as race and ethnic issues, class issues, working women v. motherhood, body images of teen, younger and older women, disability, and sexuality. They may focus on American culture or on the global needs of women.

For students new to the field of media studies, this course provides an opportunity to examine media particularly in terms of how women and girls are portrayed by the culture industries.

For those students who have taken courses such as Visual Literacy, Television and Culture, American Cinema, Images of Women in Western Civilization or other media or gender-related courses, they can further pursue the topics they considered in those courses. These students will be expected to examine images of women in a deeper and more nuanced way than they did in those courses.

Students concentrating in communications or media fields have the opportunity to research those fields and particular woman leaders involved in them or issues that women in those media face.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Humanities.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Humanities-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Summer. Fall 1.

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