FIG #4: Gender and the Media

FIG Pre-registration Fall 2017 is now closed. Please contact Rebecca McLean with any questions at (360)650-6607 or Rebecca.McLean@wwu.edu.


Cluster Description:
What can we learn about our notions of male and female through introductions to the study of mass media, women studies, and masculinity?

Courses

Class
 Instructor 
 Days 
 Time 
 Credits 
 GUR 
Journalism 190
Maria McLeod
MTWRF
10:00-10:50 am
5
SSC 
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 211
Josh Cerretti
MWF
3:00-4:10 pm
4
BCGM 
Seminar 101
Kevin Dixey
T
3:00-4:50 pm
2
 

Total Credits:

11
 

Course Descriptions for Gender and the Media

  • Journalism 190, Introduction to Mass Media, (Maria McLeod) 5cr, SSC, CRN: 42068
    Introduction to basic issues and problems facing journalists and the public as recipients of mass media messages in national and international society; nature, theory and effects of communication; media systems, structure and support; world news flow; media controls; First Amendment rights; ethical considerations.
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 211, Introduction to Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, (Josh Cerretti) 4cr, BCGM, CRN: 43987
    Introduction to the issues, questions, conceptual frameworks and methods basic to a study of human societies, their institutions and cultural artifacts from a perspective that comprehends women's experience.
  • Seminar 101, Seminar for First-Year Students, (Kevin Dixey) 2cr, CRN: 43988
    An introductory seminar offering an exploration of academic content and essential questions within the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Includes embedded instruction in academic skills and use of campus resources pertinent to exploration of the FIG cluster theme. Concludes in a formal paper or academic presentation. The seminar provides a small class in which the content you learn in these courses can be integrated and extended to enhance your experience of Western’s General University Requirements, or liberal arts and sciences curriculum. In this regard, we will look at how we are taught about enacting our appropriate gender roles in U.S. society. From the earliest ages, young boys and men are taught to act in very particular ways so as to be a “real man.” All too often, it is this construction of masculinity that helps to support a culture of violence and patriarchy. Additionally, all too often, this aspect of gender is not discussed. This course will examine in detail what defines masculinity, how it is supported and influenced throughout aspects of society, what the effects are for men and women alike, as well as explore alternative methods of constructing masculinity.

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