LIBST 366: Sex, Gender, & Television (3 units)

Course Description

This course will focus on analysis of television production, content, and audience reception from the perspective of feminist and cultural theory, with consideration for historical and contemporary texts. Text and images will be examined for representations of sex, gender, women, and LGBT+ individuals with regard to how those representations impact meaning making, identity formation, politics, and social responsibility.

 

General Education Information & Student Learning Outcomes (GELOs)

This course qualifies as a General Education- General Humanities (GH) elective course. Courses in this area examine the diversity of human experience and expression from historical, philosophical, religious, literary, and/or linguistic perspectives. These courses usually focus on the traditions, beliefs, texts, and artifacts that make up a culture, and place emphasis on critical analysis and interpretation of primary sources. Students will enhance their critical and creative thinking and communication skills, and grapple with complexity and diverse perspectives.

The General Education Learning Outcomes are (those in bold below are covered by this course):

  1. Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Natural World - Covered in this course with readings and films. Successful acquisition assessed via quizzes.

  2. Critical and Creative Thinking - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via final essay.

  3. Communication Skills - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay presentation.

  4. Information Literacy - Covered in this course through use of technology and discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions.

  5. Quantitative Reasoning

  6. Personal and Civic Responsibility - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay.

  7. Foundations for Life-Long Learning - Covered in this course through readings, films, and discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay.

-adopted by UWW in Spring 2016

 

Liberal Studies Program Information & Student Learning Outcomes (LIBST SLOs)

This course qualifies as a Personal & Social Responsibility course.

The Liberal Studies Program Student Learning Outcomes are (those in bold below are covered by this course):

  • SLO 1: Think critically, integrate and synthesize knowledge from diverse perspectives and evaluate complex information

  • SLO2: Make informed ethical and value judgments

  • SLO3: Understand and explain the value of a liberal education

  • SLO4: Apply the concepts and methodologies of the liberal arts to understand issues in society and in one’s own life

  • SLO5: Communicate effectively in written form

  • SLO6: Effectively utilize intellectual and practical skills-- including analytical skills, research methods, and/or computer skills

  • SLO 7: Effectively utilize expression skills-- including communicating creatively, orally, or in a language other than English

  • SLO8: Demonstrate a base of knowledge from various disciplines-- including arts & humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences

  • SLO9: Demonstrate a base of knowledge about cultures within North America & Europe

  • SLO10: Demonstrate a base of knowledge about cultures outside North America & Europe

-adopted by Philosophy & Religious Studies Department in Fall 2015

Film Studies Program Information & Student Learning Outcomes (FILM SLOS)

This course qualifies as an elective in the Film Studies Program.

The Film Studies Program Student Learning Outcomes are (those in bold below are covered by this course):

  • ANALYZE a range of cinematic visual styles, narrative conventions, and genre trends.

  • ASSESS the historical development of film and related types of media as evolving art forms.

  • APPLY the specialized vocabularies and methodologies used in media studies fields.

  • INTERPRET visual narratives, and clearly express interpretations in conversation and writing.

  • IDENTIFY the processes through which people, practices, and institutions collaborate to produce visual narratives.

  • EVALUATE the ways in which representations of culture reflect or respond to questions of ethics and social justice.

-adopted by the Film Studies Program in 2018

Women’s & Gender Studies Program Information & Student Learning Outcomes (WGS SLOs)

This course qualifies as an elective in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

The Women’s & Gender Studies Program Student Learning Outcomes are (those in bold below are covered by this course):

Cognitive

  • Detect biased thinking in relation to gender, gender identity, ethnicity, class and sexuality.

  • Identify and analyze arguments in source materials, including written texts and visual images.

  • Understand the connections between individual and social experiences.

  • Analyze the intersections and disconnections between gender and other elements of experience such as ethnicity, class and sexuality.

Skills

  • Conduct a reasoned argument utilizing evidence and text.

  • Write research papers.

  • Demonstrate basic computer skills, including doing research, writing, and presentations online.

Subject Matter (students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of three of the following):

  • History of the Women’s Movement inside the U.S. and in at least one country outside the U.S.

  • Sexual and domestic violence—including its prevalence and effects.

  • Globalization, including information about the role of women in the international economy and workplace.

  • The role of women in such social institutions as the family, the political system, and the justice system.

  • The most important theoretical frameworks or concepts for the discipline of Women’s Studies.

  • The health and life-stage issues faced by women.

-adopted by the Women’s & Gender Studies Department in 2015

Course Specific Student Learning Outcomes (Course SLOs)

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand the medium of television in terms of popular culture, capitalism, and visual art.

  • critically interpret a television episode or series with regard for its production, content, and audience reception.

  • identify tropes and trends related to the representation of sex, gender, women, and LGBT+ individuals on television.

  • write and speak about the impact of television representations of sex, gender, women, and LGBT+ individuals on issues related to meaning making, identity formation, politics, and social responsibility.

  • reflect on their own responsibilities regarding their consumption of television, participation in fan communities, or other activities related to television.

-adopted by instructor in Spring 2016

 

Required Texts

  1. All course readings will be available through Canvas.

  2. Required shows will be generally be available through Netflix. If access to Netflix is a problem, students should speak to the instructor at the beginning of the term.

 

Important Information

 

Course Assignments

Course grades are calculated based off a total of 1630 possible points, and grades are not weighted beyond their point values.

Course Schedule

To view the course schedule, you will need to sign out of Google with any personal accounts you may have & sign back in to Google with your UWW username and password.

*Please note that changes to the syllabus may occur during the semester, but such changes will be announced in class, through Canvas, and/or via email.

Updated 9/3/2019