Our ideas about race and gender shape and are shaped by popular culture including the internet, music, television, film, newspapers, magazines, and the arts. Every community member both consumes and helps to create popular culture. In this course, students will explore the ways that gender, race, and related concepts are portrayed in popular culture. In so doing, students will develop a greater awareness of themselves as both consumers and producers of culture as well as an understanding of gender and race as "social constructs" that interact with each other and with other aspects of identity, such as sexual orientation and social class.
- Describe the concept of Social Construction and its relationship to race and gender.
- Recognize and identify socially constructed elements of race and gender.
- Apply this descriptive ability to multiple and diverse forms of popular culture.
- Identify areas of intersection between race, gender, economic class, and sexuality.
- Use and employ skills of critical thinking, writing, and academic research.
- Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
- Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
- Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
- Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
- Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
- Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
- Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
- Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
- Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.