Georgia M. Roberts
Study of special topics in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Prerequisite: BIS 300.
Race, Sex and the State of HBO
This course uses the first season of HBO's popular series "The Wire" as a way into a larger discussion about theories of sovereignty, surveillance, sexuality, race, gender and democracy. The main focus of our class will be to pay critical attention to the ways in which "The Wire" draws on historically-derived, common-sense notions of *reality* in order to create a fictional show. In other words, we will concern ourselves with the technical aspects and representational practices that lend themselves to producing this kind of television show. Through a shared set of theoretical/historical readings, including much Foucault, students will develop critical media literacy and researching/writing skills.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
We will watch an episode of "The Wire" each week, smaller lectures and class discussion.
Class assignments and grading