AMST190-001: Freshman Sem: American Studies

Topic: QEP:Social Movements & Media

August 24, 2016 - December 6, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
4:00pm - 5:15pm
Callaway Center S423
Loudermilk, Kimberly
Appropriate for First Year students.

Fall, spring. Variable topics related to the U.S. and the Americas that combine interdisciplinary perspectives and methods from the humanities and social sciences.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information:

This course will examine the ways 20th-century American social movements, such as the civil rights movement, the anti-Vietnam war movement, and the women's movement, have been represented in the media. Through an analysis of the news media, popular fiction, film, television and advertising, we will explore the popular images of the various social movements and discuss how those images may influence our cultural understanding of these movements. Issues of gender and sexuality affect many of the movements we will discuss, and we will interrogate the ways the media affect our understanding of the gender politics present in these movements. The course will examine questions such as: What is the relationship between cultural representation and political agency? What pressures shape mass media representations, and how do these pressures influence critical or transgressive views? Do issues of gender, race and sexuality affect media representations and the ways activists use the media? Do popular representations of social movements contribute to the ways activists represent themselves? End of term student projects will bring the class into the present as we examine media representations of recent and current social movements.


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