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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2006

WGS 324 • 2-Women and Media Culture-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49575 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
5:00 PM-7:30 PM
CMA A3.120
CMA A3.120

Course Description

This course introduces students to the critical analysis of women and media culture. Focusing primarily on commercial media texts mass produced in the United States, we will explore the dominant strategies used by the magazine, film, and broadcasting industries to represent women and women's issues, as well as to attract women consumers. In addition, we will examine how women participate in media culture via their roles as consumers and audiences, as well as fans of particular cultural texts. Although we will primarily examine media texts produced and distributed by the commercial media and entertainment industries, we will also explore how women have developed alternative media economies by creating their own cultural texts and practices.

Grading Policy

20%: 10 Response Essays to the readings, screenings, lectures (2 pg) 25%: Mid-Term Paper (5-7 pg) 35%: Final Paper (8-10 pg)


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