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GISP0017 (American Studies)
This GISP explores the social construction of female adolescence in late 20th and 21st century America. We will focus on two, interrelated phenomena that have that have received much attention from social psychologists, feminists, cultural critics, and educators over the past decade. The first is the “mean girls” phenomenon: patterns of relational aggression, exclusivity, as well as verbal and/or emotional bullying at school among pre-teen and teen girls. Related to this phenomenon is a perceived increase in the sexualization and objectification of young women in the media –the second focus of this GISP. This course is interdisciplinary in nature, combining feminist theory, psychology, social history, and media studies.
Kelly Schryver (email)-- Student coordinator
Lauren Kay (email)-- Student coordinator
Beverly Haviland (email)-- Faculty sponsor