This course investigates the relationship between the construction of gender, race, sexuality and technologies of digital media. Students will engage with theories of new media, as well as critical intersectional scholarship on gender, race, sexuality, and ability. Central to the course are questions of materiality and embodiment in the digital age; the impact of digital interactivity on the construction and production of gender, race, and sexuality; and the digital distribution of power relations, discipline, and surveillance. This course is highly collaborative, both at the level of class discussion, and at the level of practical application. Students will work together in small groups to create, maintain, and curate blogs, and a course Tumblr, as well as experimenting with video projects. As this is a course invested in curation, our syllabus will change from time to time to reflect the interests, and learning goals of our group. In short, it is a fluid work in progress!
Students will be introduced to the creative potential of digital spaces for understanding constructions of gender and uses of feminism. After completing the course, students will able to both critique and add their own unique voice to the current landscape of gender and social curation online using writing, sound, video, and images. Students will improve their critical thinking skills as informed readers, commentators, and contributors.
SAS Learning Goals
Students will be able to identify, analyze, and critique the formation and reproduction of social, economic, and political hierarchies grounded in race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality. Through their study of works by women and men committed to the eradication of racial and gender subordination, students will develop the capacity to assess the comparative merits of alternative accounts of race, gender, and sexuality; interrogate cultural stereotypes and naturalizations of hierarchies of difference; recognize the complexity and variety of women's and men's lives and livelihoods around the globe; analyze power dynamics from the microlevel to the macrolevel; identify the politics of issue framing and knowledge production; undertake innovative research; devise creative strategies to promote social change; and, collaborate across differences with others in coursework, cocurricular activities, and in life. Honors students (10-15 percent) will complete independent research and present it to a public audience.