Communication and Culture | Race and the Media
C201 | 12321 | Rawlins, J.

MTuWThF, 10:20 AM-11:35 AM, C2 203
Required film screening: TuTh, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, C2 100

Fulfills College S&H Requirement
Fulfills College Culture Studies Requirement (List A)

Instructor: Justin Rawlins
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 212
Phone: 855-7238

What does “race” mean?  How do the media that surround us shape the
ways in which we think about the term and apply it ourselves and
others?  How do representations of “race” relate to the material
realities of our everyday lives?  These are all complicated
questions that have no easy answers.  In this course we will engage
with these questions in an effort to better understand the
relationships between media and the concept of “race” in the US
context.  Focusing primarily on the correlations between film
representations and the historical moments in which those images
circulate, we will explore the ways in which media in the United
States participate in and challenge prevailing ideologies toward
race and difference.  We will examine how various ethnic groups,
including Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans,
Latinos/as, and Whites are presented and what those images mean for
audiences at specific moments.  In sum, through filmic analysis,
cultural history, and media theory, we interrogate the definitions
of “race” in specific US contexts and gauge the consequences of
those ideas in both media representations and everyday experiences.

Grades in this course will be determined through a combination of
exams, short papers, and class participation.  Screenings are
required.  This class fulfills both the Social and Historical
Studies (S&H) and the Cultural Studies (CSA) requirements.  There
are no prerequisites and students from all majors who are interested
in the relationship between race and media are encouraged to