J320: Gender, Media, & Diversity

Spring 2013
Instructors: Bryce Peake (bpeake@uoregon.edu) Office: 210 Allen Hall, Mondays @ 1pm Staci Tucker (stucker@uoregon.edu) Office: 210 Allen Hall, Tuesdays @ 3pm Description: This is a course in feminist media criticism that engages with representations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability across various media platforms. We will consider issues of romance, politics, sports, music, and advertising, and the ways these enable, facilitate, and challenge social hierarchies in society. Readings, class discussions, and projects will explore how media shapes our attitudes, practices, and identities in ways that produce social hierarchies. And, the large final project for this course will push students to be reflexive about the ways in which political issues of gender, race, class, sexuality, and ability affect the production of media. Required Materials This course will make use of live media usage, and students are required to bring with them a device that has access to: 1) wifi & internet, 2) blackboard and its quiz features. This can include laptops as well as tablets. Students may wish to confirm the compatibility of iPads and other tablets with Blackboard’s various interfaces by contacting the SOJC technology desk. “Course work will be assigned with the assumption that students have access to a laptop computer. Some instructors will require in-class use of laptops.” – official SOJC computer policy. http://journalism.uoregon.edu/students/survivalguide/laptop There are no required books for this course. Class Etiquette Given the subject matter of this course, you should be able to relate with much of the materials and class lectures. The lectures supplement the assigned reading material so it is important that students attend class regularly in addition to completing all readings before the beginning of the class for which they were assigned. Students should also feel free to think about how their personal experiences are relevant to our class; however, it is essential that students attempt to understand how their experiences illustrate sociological concepts and general patterns or represent exception to those patterns. While you are welcome to share your experiences in appropriate class discussions, realize that once pronounced they become community property for discussion, criticism, or applause. Because many students are likely to have strong personal opinions about the issues we will cover in this course, it is imperative that we create an environment of respect; you are entitled to a wellinformed opinion based on verifiable evidence. Again, while you are welcome to share your opinion at appropriate times during class, it does become community property for discussion and

analysis. unexcused students will not. you may write a 500 word essay about a moment when media fails to be conscious of itself reproducing sexist. and write a short 500-word statement about how it might relate to or be about media. Midterm exam. and reflects the ideas of one or more theorists/authors we discussed. 3) a 1-page single-spaced reflexive statement that documents the division of labor. Personal attacks against individual students and explicit and purposeful bigotry will not be tolerated. Students are allowed to do up to 3 extra credit assignments.e. and how you materialized and responded to that critique in your project. end. hyperindividualism/sexual division of labor/etc. These questions will be randomized. each worth 2 percentage points. All excused absences will only be excused after the completion of independent work to make up for the missed classroom time. and not all students will answer the same questions.). . Excused students will be allowed to make up quizzes. and how you avided reproducing normative structures in the production process (i. Final collaborative project – 30% The final project will require teams of four students to produce: 1) a media artifact that critiques the social hierarchies discussed in class throughout the term. racist. Uncompleted quizzes and 0%’s will be counted as an absence. You are welcome to collaborate with other students in studying and taking the midterm exam. “Media Fails” will only be accepted for unique events. More than 3 unexcused absences will result in an ‘F’ (failure) for the class. Attendance Policy Attendance is required. 1 theorist who addressed this problem. and other bigoted social relations. Students MUST be in attendance to take the quizzes. More guidelines for this project will be provided by the end of week 2. Quizzes will be given either at the beginning. OR. Attendance will be taken in instances when there seem to be an unruly number of seats open in the class.21% There will be a one-hour take-home midterm exam that consists of multiple choice and short answer questions. no exceptions.up to 6% There are two ways to gain extra credit in this class. Assignments & Grades The course will be composed of the following assignments: 8 Thursday reading quizzes – 7% each (will drop the lowest score) (49% total). Extra Credit. and not all questions will appear in the same order. No exceptions. Student groups will be organized randomly using the SLuG (Student Learning User Group) system developed at the UO. 2) a 2-page single-spaced research paper with empirical research on the sexist/racist/ableist trends you critiqued. on a first-turned-in-gets-the-credit basis. All extra credit must be turned in at the beginning of class. or middle of class at the instructors’ discretion. You may attend a public lecture focused on gender.

g. Workload University of Oregon policy is that students should plan to spend 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour you are in class. whether at UO or elsewhere. Students having problems with completing the reading and or assignments are encouraged to make a drop-in study skills meeting with the Teaching Learning Center. C. Students should also properly acknowledge and document all sources of information (e. quotations. D= 63-66%. Take plenty of notes.60-62%. B = 83-86%. A = 93-96%. Academic Misconduct The University Student Conduct Code (available at conduct. D. This means that you should plan to spend 8-12 hours on class work outside of lecture.Grading Scale: A+ = 97-100. A. paraphrases. We love to field questions.edu) defines academic misconduct. You cannot turn in someone else’s work and you cannot turn in material you have used in other classes. The UO website has additional information about a common form of academic misconduct. http://tlc. Your Classmates: It always helps to discuss material with other students enrolled in your class. Yourself: Listen carefully. C = 73-76%. B. Announcements Any changes to the syllabus. You should check this site throughout the week. Your Instructors: Take advantage of the instructor's office hours: we are there to help you do well in this class. students should not give or receive (or attempt to give or receive) unauthorized help on assignments or examinations without express permission from the instructor.uoregon. 3. Students are prohibited from committing or attempting to commit any act that constitutes academic misconduct.= 80-82%. Resources 1. 4. Participate. ideas) and use only the sources and resources authorized by the instructor. it is the students’ obligation to clarify the question with the instructor before committing or attempting to commit the act. By way of example. please let your instructor know as soon as possible.edu/learningservices/dropin/index. We take plagiarism very seriously in the School of Journalism and Communication. Email: Although our preference is to deal with more complicated questions face to face.html We as instructors can also give you some direction if need be. Accessibility If you will need accommodations in order to meet any of the requirements of this course. plagiarism. you will need to rely on a classmate to help you get notes on what you missed. F = 59% and below. but you will need to meet with us during office hours. class cancellations. especially on Monday afternoons. what we in the academy describe as plagiarism is a serious charge and one that will cost you your job.= 70-72%.uoregon. Please allow at least 24 hours for a . 2. Ask questions if you aren’t sure about something. Also. B+ = 87-89%. Suffice to say that in the field of communication and journalism. If there is any question about whether an act constitutes academic misconduct. or other matters pertaining to the class will be posted on Blackboard.67-69%. in the event of an absence.= 90-92%. so please ask them of us. we are available via email to field questions as well. C+ = 77-79%. D+ .

Young Adult Fiction and the feminized reader Week 4 Day 7. Kilbourne. “Age.Sports. race.Advertising & gender Week 3 Day 5. and sex” Chandra Mohanty. 5. and masculine taste Day 8. “Fear of feminism: why young women get the willies” Day 4 (April 11) Sut Jhally. “Image-based culture: advertising and popular culture” J.” Jezebel . Teaching and Learning Center: TLC offers resources for students ranging from workshops on improving your writing to help taking quizzes and exams.Production and the politics of technology Week 5 Day 9.response to your email and note that we may not answer emails on weekends and holidays. “American apparel and the plus-size ‘demographic’” “Ads still push Asians into the ‘tech guy’ stereotype. Brief course calendar Week 1 Day 1. class.Syllabus Day 2.What is feminism? And. “Overview and Introductions: this is what a feminist looks like” Lisa Maria Hogeland.Alternative Media. Kilbourne. and gender Week 8 Day 15. and sexuality Day 12. race.Videogame Audience & Representation Day 18.Accessibility & Accessible Media Week 9 Day 17. feminist media studies? Day 4.Journalism & white masculine power Day 6. “Dog bites man: 92 percent of Super Bowl ad-makers are white guys” Optional & Recommended April Flores. the more you add: cutting girls down to size” J.Masculinity on television (MIDTERM THURSDAY – SATURDAY) Week 6 Day 11.Erotic literature. race. Alternative Subjects Day 14. Please include “JOURN 320” in the subject line for your message. You can find their hours and make appointments at their website.Social Media and moral crisis Day 16. class.Videogame Bodies & the Military Readings Day 2 (April 4) Audre Lorde. “Pedagogies of dissent” Day 3 (April 9) Shira Tarrant. “The more you subtract.Music & the Black Atlantic Week 7 Day 13.Femininity on television Day 10.Social Media.Terms & definitions Week 2 Day 3.

“Class and Creative Labor” Day 9 (April 30) The Bechdel test for women in the movies” Susan Douglas.” Day 6 (April 18) N. confronts ‘objectivity’ in the 1890’s. where’d we go? The disappearing black girls in young adult literature. “The press and lynchings of African Americans” Pierre Bourdieu. “50 Shades of Concern” Optional & Recommended Sophie Morgan. “Oops. “Boys will be boys: men’s magazines and the normalization of pornography” “50 Shades of Grey: the guide to being a whore” Jennifer Hamady. “The Birth of the Blue Movie Critic” Annabelle Mooney. “Discursive strategies of exclusion: the ideological construction of newsworkers. “Taking Culture Seriously in the Age of Innovation” and “Gendering the technological imagination” Katy Waldman & Genevieve Bell. “I know you’re tired of hearing about Girls…” . “Despite what you’ve heard. “Maid in Hollywood” Rebecca Wanzo.” Optional & Recommended David Mindich. Wells. “Journalism and politics” and “The power of journalism” Elizabeth Lester.” Day 8 (April 25) Anne Balsamo. James. Wilson.’ Ida B. “Balance: a ‘slanderous and nasty-minded mulatress.” Burton.” Latoya Peterson. “Ghost stories: the ubiquitous anti-feminism of young adult romances” Optional & Recommended “Young adult fiction’s virginity problem” Day 7 (April 23) E. excerpts from Fifty Shades of Grey Susie Bright.L. “Girls gone anti-feminist” Isabel Molian-Guzman. tech is not a man’s world” Mike Wayne. “I like submissive sex but Fifty Shades is not about fun: it’s about abuse.Day 5 (April 16) Richard Perloff. “Civilized vampires versus savage werewolves: race and ethnicity in the twilight series.

“White flight in networked publics? How race and class shaped American teen engagement with MySpace and Facebook” Katie Roiphe. Archie. and girly girls: interrogating the subjectivities of adolescent female athletes” Jackson Katz.Day 10 (May 2) Richard Butsch. Fred. and Homer: Why Television keeps re-creating the white male working-class buffoon” Kylo-Patrick R. “Interactive Audiences” Day 15 (May 21) NO READING – GUEST LECTURE: Please take this opportunity to put substantial work into your projects. “The price women pay for boys being boys” Optional and Recommended Thomas Oates. “Ralph. Hart. “Representing gay men on American Television” Brian Locke. Day 16 (May 23) Charles Riley. Franklin. dykes. selections from Digital Disability . “Guidelines for portraying people with disabilities in the media” Gerard Goggin & Christopher Newell. Smitke. “Tomboys. “Disappearing mothers” “The 4 big myths of profile pictures” Optional & Recommended Henry Jenkins. “Surveillance and Survival in the Jim Crow South” Miles White. “Dude.J. you’re a fag” Day 12 (May 9) Paul Gilroy. “The erotic gaze in the NFL draft” C. Pascoe. “Race rebels: whiteness and new masculine desire” Day 13 (May 14) NO READING – GUEST LECTURE: please take this opportunity to put substantial work into your projects. Day 14 (May 16) danah boyd. “Here comes the judge: the dancing itos and the television construction of the enemy Asian male” and “Ling Woo in Historical Context” (same file) Day 11 (May 7) Adams. “’Jewels brought from bondage’” black music and the politics of authenticity” Sherrie Tucker.

“Obesity experts frown on Wii Fit’s fatty-labeling. “Queer female of color: the highest difficulty setting there is? Gaming rhetoric as gender capital” Optional & Recommended Tanner Higgin. “Where the women are” Lisa Nakamura.L. Taylor.com/2008/05/17/obesity-experts-frown-on-wii-fits-fatty-labelingnintendo-apol/ Day 19 (June 4) NO READING – CLASS PRESENTATIONS Day 20 (June 6) NO READING – CLASS PRESENTATIONS . Nintendo apologizes” http://www. “The inner corset: a brief history of fat in the United States” Griffin McElroy.Day 17 (May 28) T. “Confronting toxic gamer culture: a challenge for feminist game studies scholars” Day 18 (May 30) Laura Fraser.joystiq. “Blackless fantasy: the disappearance of race in massively multiplayer online role-playing games” Mia Consalvo.

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