SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Section: 001 Histories of Race and the Media
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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

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.

SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
W 4:00PM - 6:30PM
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