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HUM 107
Gender Perceptions in American Film


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Humanities] [Diversity]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
This class uses American films from a variety of genres and decades as primary texts to study representations and ideas of masculinity and femininity. Students will be asked to think critically about where their ideas about gender come from and how these ideas are perpetuated and reinforced in media. [H][D]

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Construct standard, mainstream interpretations of several American films using terms and concepts related to film narrative.
  • Discuss gender issues within the context of race, social class, and sexuality.
  • Identify gender stereotypes in mainstream American films and analyze how they shape our perceptions and behaviors.
  • Evaluate the myth of the passive movie viewer by comparing interpretations of several American films from a variety of gender perspectives.
  • Compare and contrast how a film or its characters portray a gender perspective the student viewer recognizes or has experienced.
  • Apply concepts from gender theory to films to construct alternative (non-mainstream) interpretations.

  • Course Topics
  • The social construction of gender
  • The difference between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality
  • Queer theory
  • Common narrative tropes related to gender, such as the hero's journey, the Bechdel test, rugged individualism, and the male gaze
  • The "Five Axes" of film form: cinematography, editing, literary design, mise-en-scene, and visual design

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    HUM 107
    Winter 2015
    1822
    David Owens
    HUM 107
    Winter 2015
    5721
    David Owens
    HUM 107
    Fall 2014
    0878
    Edith Liebrand
    HUM 107
    Fall 2014
    1822
    David Owens
    HUM 107
    Fall 2014
    5708
    David Owens


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
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    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.