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

Fall 2007


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49805 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
5:00 PM-7:30 PM
CMA A3.116
CMA A3.116

Course Description

This course introduces students to the critical analysis of women and media culture. Focusing primarily on media texts 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. CONTAINS A SUBSTANTIAL WRITING COMPONENT AND FULFILLS PART OF THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT IN WRITING. UPPER-DIVISION STANDING REQUIRED. DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 35 OR FEWER STUDENTS. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF WOMEN'S RELATIONS TO MEDIA CULTURE. 2.5 SCREENING HOURS A WEEK TO BE ARRANGED. MEETS WITH RTF 359S (TOPIC 2).


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