AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Section: 002 Histories of Race and the Media
Term: FA 2017
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Meet Together Classes:
Primary Instructor:

This course examines historical relationships between race, ethnicity, and moving image media from the late 19th century to the present. By placing recent scholarship, primary documents, and media texts in conversation, we will consider the role of media in shaping conceptions of race in the United States. Conversely, we will examine the ways that histories of racialization, identity, and difference are inextricable from the technological, industrial, and representational dimensions of media industries. Rather than a survey, this course is arranged as a series of case studies that cover a range of media forms, including feature film, video art, animation, and Internet activism. While investigating mainstream representations of various groups, we will also consider alternative media cultures that “shoot back” at the mainstream, including African American “race films” of the 1920s, Asian American media advocacy in the 1960s, and experimental video produced by Latina/os.

Course Requirements:

All assignments will require students to engage with media texts and primary documents. As a history course, students will additionally be expected to conduct original research that will contribute content to the website diversityandmedia.com.

Intended Audience:

This course is ideal for undergraduates interested in media histories, ethnic studies, or building historical research skills. Because of its intersectional focus, it should appeal to students from a range of departments and disciplines.

Class Format:

The class will meet twice weekly for lecture and includes a required weekly 2-3 hour lab for screenings.

AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
29953
Open
20
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
P
30067
Open
7
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (LAB)
 
30068
Open
7
 
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W 4:00PM - 6:30PM
004 (LEC)
P
31448
Open
1
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (SEM)
P
31713
Open
6
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (LEC)
P
32673
Open
11
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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