Metropolitan State University

GNDR 270 : Gender, Race and Popular Culture

A. Course Description
Credits: 3
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal 06 - Humanities/Fine Arts , Goal 07 - Human Diversity
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.
B. Course Effective Dates: 12/16/2009 - 05/04/2011 05/05/2011 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Describe the concept of Social Construction and its relationship to race and gender.
  2. Recognize and identify socially constructed elements of race and gender.
  3. Apply this descriptive ability to multiple and diverse forms of popular culture.
  4. Identify areas of intersection between race, gender, economic class, and sexuality.
  5. Use and employ skills of critical thinking, writing, and academic research.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal 06 - Humanities/Fine Arts
  1. Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  2. Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  4. Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
Goal 07 - Human Diversity
  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  2. Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  3. Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  4. Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.
G. Special Information