So, I am teaching a totally new to me class this fall- Women in the Media- and designing it from scratch. Here’s my vision for it:
Women in the Media explores the representation of women across television, film, magazines and newspapers, advertising, music, and the internet, looking at how media creates and challenges stereotypes, and creates ideas of difference. We will consider issues of authorship, spectatorship, and the ways in which various media content enables, facilities, and challenges social constructions and examine how gender affects the production of media.
Specifically, we will…
- Interpret, critique, and analyze the representations of women in media
- reflect upon the work of women within these industries
- explore how media shapes our attitudes and identities
- analyze the treatment of women’s issues in media
- develop our ability as thinkers, creators, and interpreters of meaning
- investigate the role of activism in challenging media and our possible roles within that activism
- enhance our critical thinking skills and our writing skills through comprehensive discussions and intensive writing assignments
I’ve spent the summer dreaming all of this up and choosing the reading materials and since people are often interested in what we’re reading in class, I thought I’d share the final selections here (don’t worry, my students don’t have to buy this number of books. We’re reading excerpts from most of them that will be on reserve in the library for them).
Have any book suggestions for future body image classes, for the Women and the Media class I am now putting together, or for blog readers? Hope you’ll leave them here!