345-101-MQ, Lovers and Fighters
In this course, students will analyze contemporary portrayals of masculine identity. Drawing examples from North American popular culture, such as films, games, and music, students will explore readings drawn from media studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology and biology to expand their knowledge of how masculine identity is understood, constructed, negotiated and "worn." What do our social and biological sciences say about what it is to "be a man" and do they allow men to explore their identity and create new spaces of opportunity and expression? How do traditional notions of masculinity (strength and independence, for example) combine with newer demands to be a respectful partner and citizen, an engaged father, a considerate lover? Finally, what does our culture say about "manhood", and does it encourage or limit our ability to be what we aspire to be?