LATS 346
Latinos/as and the Media: From Production to Consumption
Last Offered Spring 2007
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed COMP 359
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

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, television, media policy and audience studies in an attempt to answer the following: How do Latinos 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 race, gender, sexuality, class and nation? Readings include literary and theoretical works by contemporary writers and scholars such as Arlene Dávila, Alberto Fuguet, Vicki Mayer, Yeidy Rivero, América Rodríguez, and Angharad Valdivia.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: none
Expected: 10
Class#: 3631
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: student participation, 1 student-led discussion period, several short papers throughout the semester (3-5 pages each), final exam
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS or AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 359 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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