This course is to equip learners with the analytical tools to understand the processes by which cultural messages of gender are transmitted. The course focuses on the construction of masculinity and femininity and the ways in which gendered messages are transmitted. Learners are encouraged to examine the cultural meanings attributed to sexual difference and to use examples from their cultural contexts to examine the processes by which masculinity and femininity are either reinforced, or challenged, in ongoing cultural representations such as Caribbean popular music and the mass media. Using the Caribbean culture as the backdrop, the notion of ‘natural’ gender and related issues will be explored.