Communication and Culture | Race and the Media
C201 | 21025 | Rivero, Y.
TuTh, 2:30 PM-3:45 PM, Location: TBA
Fulfills COLL S&H Requirement
Fulfills COLL Culture Studies Requirement (List A)
Instructor: Yeidy Rivero
Office: Mottier Hall 207
This course introduces students to the complex relationship between
diverse ethnic groups and their media representations within the
U.S. context. Using history as the primary point of departure, we
will examine the cultural, social, and political location of various
ethnic “minorities,” including Native Americans, Asian Americans,
African Americans, and Latinos/as, and their media representations,
particularly in film and television. The course is divided into
four sections: (1) Foundations; (2) Ethnic Minorities and
Mainstream Film; (3) Ethnic Minorities and Mainstream TV; and (4)
Ethnic Minorities and their Cultural Spaces. Issues of production,
representation, and interpretation will be considered as a way of
understanding who controls the production of images and how
audiences might interpret them.
• Analyze the ways in which U.S. racial discourses and larger
political, historical, and social processes have informed the
mainstream media representations of ethnic minority groups in
particular historical periods.
• Consider/evaluate how audience segmentation and the exportation of
mainstream television and film products have had an impact on the
representation of specific U.S. ethnic groups.
• Introduce the students to some of the cultural artifacts produced
by ethnic minority groups in order to understand how independently
produced media address specific community-based issues regarding
ethnicity, culture, and identity.
Grading Policy and Class Requirements
Grades will be based on your performance on three exams and two
written assignments. 200 points total.
Exams: There will be three scheduled exams in this course. The
exams, in the form of multiple choice questions, will be derived
from class lectures and assigned articles/chapters.
Two brief written assignments (5 pages each): Separate information
will be provided well before each assignment is due.