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Andrea K. Otanez
COM 495
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Communication

Lecture, seminar, and/or team study. Topics vary.

Class description

Course Title: Representing Chicanidad: From Conquest to Comics

In this class we will combine a Chicano studies narrative and critical analysis of dominant and indie media texts to understand how Mexican Americans have been represented and represent themselves in media through time. Students will emerge with an understanding of central themes and issues in Mexican-American / Chicana/o history and cultures, as well as an ability to contextually understand and critique media representations of Mexican Americans and the media structures that produce those representations.

Student learning goals

Describe the major social, historical and political forces that shape mainstream images of Mexican Americans

Describe how media representation connects to issues of power and privilege

Critically analyze the historical, political and aesthetic significance of media produced by and about Chicanos/ Mexican Americans

Articulate the diversity within the Chicano/Mexican-American population, especially as expressed media created by Chicanos / Mexican Americans

Explain the role of media agents, marketing and advertising in shaping and reinforcing stereotypes and supposed norms of Mexican Americans

General method of instruction

Discussion, online Canvas assignments, film viewing, library research, group discussion, lecture, speakers

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include original research, text analysis, class presentations, essays


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andrea K. Otanez
Date: 02/08/2014