Women and Gender Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

WMST 100: Representations of Women

WMST 100-002: Representation of Women
(Spring 2017)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

Robinson B220

Section Information for Spring 2017

This is an introductory course that seeks to examine the role of gender in various social institutions. We will begin by exploring the origins of sex differences as well as discuss the role of socialization in gender differences. Students will be provided with the terminology and tools to successfully engage in feminist dialogue about culture and society. We will learn about representations of race, sexuality, class, gender and sex in a variety of ways. We will discuss and analyze issues facing sexual and gender minorities, how these cultural forces are reproduced, and finally how they are creatively protested and challenged. This course primarily explores portrayals of transgender and cisgender women by using film, television, novels and ethnographic research, both in the US and globally.

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores ways women are portrayed in advertising, television, film, photographs, cartoons, performance arts, literature, religious texts, and news media from various worldwide sources. Through interdisciplinary study students will evaluate the powerful effects these representations have on the political, economic, and social lives of women throughout the world. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture

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