JOU 455 – MASS MEDIA & DIVERSITY: Gender, Race, and Class
Alfred J. Cotton III
Office Hours: Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and by appointment
Phone: (859) 257-1365
Classroom: Grehan 115
Meeting Times: MWF 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Gender, Race and Class in Media: A Critical Reader
Gail Dines & Jean M.
Humez, Eds., Sage Publications, Inc.
Images That Injure: Pictorial Stereotypes in the Media
(2003). Paul M. Lester, Susan D.
Ross, Eds., Praeger Publishers.
Additional texts provided by the instructor.
Videos provided by the instructor.
This course aims to examine the role of the mass media in representing social constructions of
gender, race, and class.
The course will require students to discuss, learn, and write about
concepts, theories, and ideas related to the aforementioned topic.
Students will be asked to
develop and present their own views, arguments, and possible resolutions of these issues.
The course is designed to be a seminar and as such, regular attendance and participation in class
discussion will be required.
Assignments and Grading
Response Papers: At the beginning of each week, students will submit a short response paper that
articulates their interpretation of and critical reflection on the assigned reading for that week.
Response papers should be about 1 ½ pages in length and no more than 2 full pages (not
including citations, footnotes, headings, and/or titles).
Each paper should have a clear direction
and focus related to a single concept from the reading.
In addition, the paper should close with a
question to contribute to class discussion.
Good papers are insightful, original, and demonstrate
understanding of the central thesis of each reading.
summaries of the
readings, they should analyze key points in the readings with a discussion of personal or societal
Group Presentations: Working with a group of other classmates, students will lead two class
discussions. Students will either divide the material for their discussion session evenly or work
collaboratively to present the material. Students can either use material chosen by the instructor
or choose their own
material or a combination of both. Students should be
prepared to explain the main issues, concepts and methods in the reading(s). In addition to