Media, Race and Representation

Tammy Wahpeconiah
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 2:00-3:15 pm
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In this course, we will look at and analyze the ways minority peoples in the U.S. are represented in all of the major forms of media: television, film, newspapers, radio and magazines. The politics and motivations behind portraying certain groups in ways that maintain the status quo of white cultural dominance will be examined as well as alternative representations and alternative media that seek to resist depictions based on stereotypes and misconceptions. The course will focus on five ethnic groups: African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and Arab Americans as they have been publically portrayed historically and recently. Entertainment media will be compared to news media, and some historical movements for racial justice will be covered, especially in regard to how these events were covered in the media. News coverage of minority politicians, including President Obama, will also be included.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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