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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

US 249 Princesses and Super Heroes: How Media Shape Children’s Gender and Sexuality

This media literacy course asks students to critically examine the varied kinds of media children and youth consume, and the messages media sells. Students learn to identify, explore, understand, critique and articulate the ways in which media shapes children’s understanding and attitudes towards their gender and sexuality development. Through a variety of classroom experiences, students explore how Disney and superhero movies and marketing sell narrow images of femininity and masculinity. At the end of the course, students create a media product used to educate others about media literacy, as an invitation to take action against passive consumption of media products, and falling in the trap of marketing.