LATS 346
Latinas/os and the Media: From Production to Consumption Spring 2015
Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 346 / LATS 346
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As Latina/o Studies and Media Studies scholars have long noted, the media plays a key role in the construction of (trans)national identities. As such, this interdisciplinary course will focus on the areas of advertising, print media, radio, internet, television, media policy and audience studies in an attempt to answer the following: How do Latinas/os construct identity (and have their identities constructed for them) through the media? How are Latina/o community practices shaped by the media, and vice versa? What research methodologies best capture the complex relationship between consumer, producer, and media text? How are Latina/o stereotypes constructed and circulated in mass media? Where do issues of consumer agency come into play? How might media provide a means for affecting social change at both the local and global levels? In what ways do popular media impact our understanding of ethno-racial identities, gender, sexuality, class and nation? Readings include works by scholars such as Arlene Dávila, Juan González, Stuart Hall, Henry Jenkins, América Rodríguez, Joseph Torres, and Angharad Valdivia, among others.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3399
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation to be based on student participation, one 2- to 3-page close reading exercise, and an original 12- to 15 page research paper conducted in stages
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: LATS 105 or permission of the instructor; no first-year students are permitted to take this course
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators or American Studies majors by seniority
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 346 Division II LATS 346 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
LATS Core Electives

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