Faculty of Arts


Gender, Sexuality and Popular Music

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for ANTHRO 357.


Gender and sex related issues in relation to popular music: from "girl power" to boy bands; from outwardly gay and lesbian artists to the gay appropriation of heterosexual female divas, from the camp masculinity of heavy metal to lesbian rock and riot grrrls, from women-hating gangster-rappers to powerful women in the recording industry. The ways in which gender and sexual identities are both reflected in and modified by mainstream popular musics will be explored.

Purposes of the course are to:

  • Introduce the studying of Popular Music from a gender theory perspective
  • Communicate research-based understandings of Popular Music and gender
  • Approach the significant body of academic writing on Popular Musics and gender/sexuality
  • Enhance students’ understandings of the ubiquitous social, economic and artistic phenomenon that is Popular Music and stimulate interest in the field of study

Learning outcomes:

At the completion of the course students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the theory areas relating gender and popular music
  • Be able to apply theoretical gender perspectives to various genre and historical periods of popular music
  • Be able to apply theoretical gender perspectives to genre or musics they know about
  • Be familiar with some of the key research and academic writings on gender and Popular Music
  • Demonstrate skills in reading, note taking, critical thinking and writing at the appropriate level

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Summer School


Coordinator(s) Dr Kirsten Zemke


Coursework + exam


ANTHRO 357: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II



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