AMCULT 405 - Topics in American Culture
Winter 2023, Section 003 - American Immigration on Film
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Meet Together Classes:
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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Description

This class explores the myths and narratives that American filmmakers have produced around the issue of immigration, using an abolitionist perspective informed by critical race theory, queer of color critique, Black, indigenous, and women of color feminisms, and ethnic studies. Questions to be covered include: How does the idea of the United States as a “nation of immigrants” operate in tension with histories of indigenous genocide and chattel slavery? How have the technologies and discourses of race, gender, sexuality, and ability shaped the idea of the model citizen? What other forms of migration and movement—gentrification, refugeeism, climate displacement, class mobility, incarceration, space exploration, or the road trip—structure the idea of America as the land of dreams?

We’ll center filmmakers who draw on marginalized histories, knowledges, and aesthetics in the service of imagining new forms of collectivity. Films may include those written and/or directed by Julie Dash, Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer, Terrence Malick, Kelly Reichardt, Werner Herzog, Isabel Sandoval, Thirza Cuthand, and Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera.

Course Requirements:

Expected weekly workload: read 1-2 scholarly articles (25-30 pages); view 1 film (90 mins to 2 hours); write a short response (250 words); and engage with your peers in class discussion. Major assignments will include a midterm essay (5-6 pages) and a final essay (10-12 pages).

Intended Audience:

Anyone interested in gaining familiarity with the past, present, and future of U.S. minority filmmaking and/or the cultural politics of American im/migration. 

It is recommended that students take an FTVM studies course (not production) - or a course in the Dept. of American Culture before taking this class. 

Class Format:

This will be an in-person discussion-based course.

The course meets in person and will not be recorded. Readings and films will be available on Canvas.

Assessment for this course will be asynchronous and will consist of submitting essays on Canvas. Any other homework will be submitted via Canvas during a designated time frame.

Schedule

AMCULT 405 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
33495
Open
13
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
002 (SEM)
 In Person
33524
Open
3
 
1
F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Partial Term 1/11/23 - 4/19/23
003 (SEM)
 In Person
34796
Open
12
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
004 (SEM)
 In Person
34853
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
005 (SEM)
 In Person
36612
Open
5
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
F 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Partial Term 1/30/23 - 3/24/23
Note: School of Music, Theatre & Dance mini-course

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