2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Oct 28, 2021  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

HIST 221H - Gender and Pop Culture America

Credits: Four (4)
Prerequisite: Membership in Bascom Honors Program
In this course we will examine the role pop culture plays in forming our ideas about gender.  What is a hero/heroine?  What do we value in masculinity and in femininity?  What double standards exist and how are they harmful to both men and women?  What impact do these messages have on society?  Should we do something to change the messages in popular culture?  We will address these questions and others as we examine such pivotal figures in pop culture as superheroes, sex symbols, action heroes, nerds, and romantic leads.  We will use film, music, television, comics, and other media from the 1930s to the present throughout the course to examine, from Superman and Scarlet O’Hara to Buffy Summers and Dean Winchester, what it means to be masculine or feminine in American popular culture.