Susan Juanita Harewood
Explores issues in media culture, such as the connections between media and social movements, from cultural studies perspectives. Offered: AWSpS.
This course examines the production and representation of race, class, and gender in contemporary media practices. It has become more important than ever to carefully think about the relationship between media and our lived experiences as raced, classed, and gendered subjects. The ubiquity of media and our daily participation in it, not just as spectators, but also more and more often as producers of content, mean that we need to be attentive to how media representations are embedded in and produce particular hierarchies of difference. Thus students will carefully explore methods for analyzing media content. We will also examine the practices of production and think about how these practices of production are raced, classed and gendered. Students will explicitly consider what types of tactics and strategies are available to challenge media content and production practices that reaffirm racial, class, and gender inequalities. This course draws on insights from scholars in media studies, cultural studies, feminist studies and the political economy of communication.
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