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CMS 321 A: Oppositional Cinema/media

Race and US Television History

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
MGH 389
In class
Stephen Groening

Syllabus Description:

By addressing both specific programs and particular networks/channels, this course examines a range of forms taken by racial and ethnic representations on U.S. television. This course emphasizes the cultural and historical context of these programs, networks, and channels as well as audience and critical responses. Special attention will be paid to the intersection of race, civil rights, and U.S. television, including an examination of how U.S. television portrays civil rights struggles and audience responses to those portayals. In addition, this course analyzes the U.S. television industry’s use of racial and ethnic categories as branding and marketing strategies. Students will examine how discourses of blackness, whiteness, Asian-ness, and Latinidad are constructed, produced, and represented, as well as how those discourses and identities intersect, overlap, and conflict with discourses of “Americanness” and social belonging. The contemporary cultural imaginary of the United States as “colorblind” and “postracial” will also undergo examination and critique.

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Catalog Description: 
Approaches film and related media as socially and politically engaged practice, with focus on screen media produced or received in "opposition" to dominant cultural and entertainment industry norms. Topics vary.
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema & Media Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Diversity (DIV)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 30, 2019 - 10:31am