GRSJ 307: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Popular Culture

Resisting Representation(s)
Term 2

Dr. Alifa Bandali

This course introduces students to the fields of feminist cultural and media studies to investigate what are behind media representations. Students will explore and use an intersectional framework to think through the politics of gender, race, sexuality and more in popular culture
from global and local contexts. In doing so, we will examine, critique and challenge aspects of representation in dominant media to make visible stories, experiences and narratives that are often overlooked and neglected in representations and storytelling. By taking a closer look at the who, what, where why and how of the media, we will be able to understand the role the media and popular culture play in maintaining and reproducing power dynamics. Significantly to our course, we will explore why resisting representation is important, especially in transforming our social world.