Andrea K. Otanez
Lecture, seminar, and/or team study. Topics vary.
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
Class assignments and grading
Assignments will include original research, text analysis, class presentations, essays