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Sex and the City and the Contemporary Woman

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Fall 2010
English 98/ 198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

 

Sex and the City is an iconic American television and film series that examines the lives of four New York City professional women. With its highly provocative nature, the series continually pushes the boundaries of the expected societal role of women. This course will serve as an introduction to the controversial elements of the multiple thematic and socially dynamic parts of this beloved series. Additionally, we will go in depth into understanding how each of these four women attempt to paint an image of who the contemporary woman is today. Through the course of the class, we will be discussing, among other topics, the different profiles of each woman and the “type” they represent, the nature of adult relationships, how fashion factors into image, the concepts of love and sex, as well as feminist film theory. Ultimately, we are attempting to understand if Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha’s fictional world is just one of Fendi bags and Manolo Blahnik shoes, or if their lives can transcend into the life of the modern woman, and if they shed a positive or a negative light on that image. 

This course will meet once a week for two hours. Each class meeting will include one hour where we will view two episodes of Sex and the City that will reflect the concentration of the class for that day, and then a discussion section will follow. Students must come to class prepared by completing any reading or writing assignments delegated in a previous class session. Grading is based upon attendance, participation (including completion of readings and writing assignments), and an end of the semester presentation. We love talking about Sex and the City, but we want you to enjoy discussing it as much as we do! With this, seeing that the course is almost entirely based on student engagement and discussion, anyone exceeding three absences will receive a No Pass in the class.

All students are welcome to apply to the course- those who are both familiar and unfamiliar with the series. However, those who have seen most or all of the series and films would benefit the most from this course.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

 

 

How to Enroll:

** If you have applied for the course and not yet received an email regarding your enrollment status, the class for the Fall 2010 semester is currently full. We appreciate the time you spent on your application, and please apply once again in the Spring for the course. We look forward to hopefully having you in the class at a later date!

We are planning on having 30 people enroll for this course, both lower and upper-division students. If you are interested in applying please email Ginny Sklar, one of the facilitators for the course at virginia-sklar@berkeley.edu answering the following questions.

1.     What is your full name?

2.     Your class level and your major?

3.     Which character is most similar to you?

4.     Why are you interested in taking this class?

You will then receive a confirmation email in regards to your status of entrance into the class. Students then MUST attend the first day of class in order to become enrolled. All Course Control Numbers will be distributed during the first class meeting. 

Course Contact: virginia-sklar AT berkeley.edu

Faculty Sponsor: Julia Bader

Time & Location:

SectionFacilitatorsSizeLocationTimeStartsStatusCCNs
Section 4Ginny Sklar
Vanessa Van Epps
30250 DwinelleTu 5p-7p9/07full

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Syllabus: SATC Syllabus-ALTERED.docAug 535kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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