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ENGS 111 – D1:Race and Television

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Topics address "race" and/or the contributions of ethnically diverse writers to American culture. Focus and readings vary. May repeat for credit with different content . Pre/co-requisites: Three hours in English courses numbered ENGS 005 - ENGS 096; Sophomore standing.

Section Description: This class will utilize a cultural studies approach as a means to analyze issues of race and ethnicity in television today. We will study the major theoretical writings and methodologies developed to examine a wide variety of media texts that have emerged during the Obama presidency-- a period often characterized as "post-racial". Through a focus on political economy, textual analysis, and audience reception, we will begin to understand how media representations can strengthen and also subvert systems of racial inequality. The intention of this class is to see media images as more than reflections of stereotypes. Our investigation will reveal the historical, social and political forces that shaped these images and their influence on our society.

CRN: 14353

Section: B

Enrolled/Seats: 20/20

Days Time Location
TR 13:00 - 14:15 MARSH LIFE SCI 107

Instructor(s): Sarah Turner, Sarah Dawn Nilsen

Meeting Dates: 12 Jan 2015 - 29 Apr 2015