Communication and Culture | Race, Ethnicity and the Media
C201 | 1122 | Rivero

This course introduces students to the complex relationship between
diverse racial/ethnic/cultural groups and their media representations
within the U.S. context.  First, we will study the historical, social,
and cultural constructions of race and ethnicity across different
historical periods.  Second, we will examine the location of various
ethnic “minorities,” such as African Americans, Latinos/as, Native
Americans, and Asian Americans and their media representations,
particularly in film and television.  Issues of production,
representations, and interpretations will be considered as a way of
understanding who controls the production of images and how audiences
might interpret them.  Finally, we will explore ethnic “minorities” as
independent producers focusing on how some of these groups challenge
stereotypical mainstream representations.