This course provides an upper-level undergraduate introduction to critical theory and cultural studies to film and other mass media. Readings will be drawn from theoretical traditions such as the Frankfurt School, Marxism, feminism, post-colonialism, post-structuralism, and critical race and ethnicity studies. Together, critical theory and cultural studies boast a rich set of histories. Rather than aiming for an exhaustive survey of those histories, this course concentrates on the approaches, issues, and methods that have ignited key debates in film and media studies.
10-12 page paper (20%). Participation and in class assignments, including announced and unannounced quizzes and other modest assignments (25%). Generating three class discussion questions and initial responses based on the readings and screenings of the week (30%; 6 assignments 5% each). Students will sign up at the beginning of the semester; you will be posting your discussions on the CTools site. Final exam ((25%).
Advanced students from an array of disciplines. Any field that engages questions of representation and cultural studies will be served by this course, in addition to SAC students.
This class will meet twice weekly for lectures and once per week for screenings.