WGSS 111
Television, Social Media, and Black Women 'Unscripted'
Last Offered Fall 2023
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 110
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

Nene Leaks, Issa Rae, Zendaya, Oprah Winfrey, Lavern Cox and Joy Reid 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: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 13
Class#: 1590
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, podcast, vlogs, 10-page paper, and a formal class presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: First year Students
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 111 Division II AFR 110 Division II
Attributes: AFR Core Electives
AFR Culture, Performance, and Popular Technologies
FMST Core Courses

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