30 April 2018 ~ Gender and Celebrity Culture: Global Media, Everyday Lives – Online Course – Future Learn

How do celebrities affect our identity? Find out with an introduction to intersectional studies of gender and celebrity.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • 3 hours per week
  • Learn for free
  • Upgrade for £32

Understand more about gender, media and society by exploring celebrity culture

What makes a celebrity? Why are celebrities significant? How do celebrities connect to our construction of ourselves as gendered beings? Is ‘celebrity feminism’ good for gender equality? These are just some of the questions you’ll be answering on this course.

Using celebrity case studies you will explore questions of media production, identity, visibility, activism and social and cultural change. You will also learn how feminist research has used celebrity culture to make sense of gendered, racial, classed and sexual identities.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to gender and media theory
  • Gender, celebrity and the gaze
  • Celebrity, Youth and Aspiration
  • Celebrity and the family
  • Celebrity, Death and Mourning
  • Masculinity in the media
  • Celebrity feminists and celebrity activism

When would you like to start?

  • 30 April 2018

Who is the course for?

  • This course is for anyone interested in gender and celebrity culture, you don’t need any previous experience.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University, and Co-Director of the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies. I write and teach on gender studies, film, media and popular culture.

Who developed the course?

Lancaster University is a collegiate university, with a global reputation as a centre for research, scholarship and teaching with an emphasis on employability.


  • Access to this course for 6 weeks
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes

Upgrade – £32

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible

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Join online at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/gender-and-celebrity-culture

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