AMST 231
Approaches to Media Studies: Analyzing Mediated Difference Spring 2017
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed LATS 231 / AMST 231 / WGSS 232
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Media’s influence in 21st century life is pervasive, and encompasses visual, sonic, and discursive formats.This course introduces students to a variety of qualitative approaches to the study of contemporary media. Simultaneously, we will explore questions of ethno-racial identity, gender, and sexuality. Structured around a series of hand-on exercises designed to provide experience in the areas of textual analysis, in-depth interviews, virtual ethnography and participant observation, this class will provide students with interdisciplinary training that enhances their understanding of everyday media and its interaction with multiple categories of identity. This course is a comparative Ethnic Media Studies class that encourages students to employ media as a lens for theorizing the intersections between ethno-racial identity, gender, and sexuality. We review materials focusing on a wide range of minoritarian communities. According to the EDI framework, this class engages in the comparative study of cultures and societies, examines questions of power and privilege, and aims to sharpen students’ critical theorization of difference in the media.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 3551
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation; four 3- to 5-page papers; student papers will be based on hands-on exercises using various current Media Studies methods
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators, American Studies and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies majors by seniority
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 231 Division II AMST 231 Division II WGSS 232 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
FMST Core Courses
LATS Comparative Race + Ethnic Studies Electives
LATS Core Electives
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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