WGSS 11
Here for the Right Reasons: Bachelor/ette Franchise & What It Can('t) Teach Us About Relationships Winter 2022

Cross-listed PSYC 11 / WGSS 11
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The Bachelor/ette TV franchise has been on the air for 19 years and 25 seasons, and has included 2 Ephs trying to find love. We will use the series as a lens to examine healthy relationships (romantic and friend): what stories are we told and do we create about how relationships form and deepen? What are the “right” and “wrong” reasons to be “on this journey”? How did first reality TV and now social media shape our notions of public and private in relationships? How do we have healthy relationships across identity differences? And of course, we will explore the meta-universe of the Bachelor/ette franchise: a media empire designed to tell straight, white love stories to an audience that is increasingly neither of those things and demanding more.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 18
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: regular short reflections and final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: a short blurb asking about demonstrated interest
Unit Notes: Meg Bossong '05 is the Director of Intimate Violence Prevention and Response at Williams. In that role, she works with student groups, colleagues, and the community to build a safer, more just, and thriving community free of intimate violence in its various forms, through prevention projects related to consent, healthy relationships, the built environment, and accountability. She is a regular viewer of The Bachelor/ette franchise, her problematic fav.
Materials/Lab Fee: none
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSYC 11 WGSS 11

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