AFR 325
Television, Social Media, and Black Women 'Unscripted' Fall 2017 Division II; Cross-listed as AFR325 / WGSS325
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Nene Leaks, Shonda Rhimes, Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington and now Lavern Cox and Melissa Harris-Perry have become common household names. Whether from the television shows they star in, the TV shows they have created, or the social media presence they have developed–these women continue to influence and shape popular culture. In this course we will situate Black women as creators and contributors to popular culture as a whole, but specifically through television (scripted and “unscripted”) and social media. We will begin by covering the history of Black women in television. This historical approach will then lead us to examine selected TV episodes, and investigate social media pages of Black actresses, television producers, and the fans of these shows. The aim of this course is to analyze the ways in which Black women continually shift the popular culture paradigm and how they serve as key players determining what is indeed popular.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 13
Class#: 1017
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation in this course will be based upon class participation, response papers, one 10 page paper, and a formal class presentation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first, second, third, and fourth year students. If over enrolled, preference will be given to third and fourth year students
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: FMST Core Courses

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