Jul 13, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

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AAS 4500 - The History of Black Women in Popular Culture


This course explores the tremendous influence that popular culture, in the form of films, television, music video, and print media, has on how we conceptualize what it means to be women in general and women of African descent in particular. Students closely examine artifacts of popular culture that help to understand the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Students also explore representations of Black women in popular culture and its impact both domestically and internationally.

Requisites: Jr or Sr
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to define how racism and sexism influence popular culture
  • Students will be able to define and explain the ways masculinity and femininity are constructed in popular culture
  • Students will be able to critically analyze popular culture and its significance to and on people of African descent in general and women in particular
  • Students will be able to identify and explain how women in general and women of African descent in particular have been constructed & represented in popular culture and how they have represented themselves
  • Students will be able to critically analyze, discuss, and write about popular culture artifacts as they pertain to women
  • Students will be able to critically discuss the global and sociopolitical significance of popular culture
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast theoretical debates about popular culture in general and as it relates to gender in particular



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