Media and Diversity Minor

Media and Diversity Minor

The Media and Diversity minor approaches diversity as an important social principle that is continually examined, debated and circulated in a wide variety of media. The social concept of diversity has eclipsed concepts like “integration” in part because the older term was tied to a concept of proximity in space that could not anticipate the rapid evolution of virtual social spaces such social networks and fora.  The growing importance and understanding of diversity as a broad spectrum of people, ideas and experiences has paralleled the rapid evolution of the connected world. Courses in this minor examine how media and mediated experience simultaneously break down old barriers at the same time that new types of digital divides arise. It connects The Media School curriculum with the teaching and research of faculty from many units. It also promotes a core feature of the Media School’s mission: the study and analysis of the interaction of technology and media in the creation of new social, economic and entertainment networks.

Required Courses

I. Complete 

MSCH-C 101 Media (3 cr.)

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

Examines the role media play in our lives-at work, at school, among family members, friends, and lovers-and analyzes pressing issues in media and society today, such as privacy, globalization, and convergence.

II. Choose one of the following courses from the Media Core lists (3 cr)

MSCH-C 214 Race, Prejudice, and the Media

(3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE DUS

This course addresses the psychology of racial prejudice and stereotyping and uses this social-scientific framework to examine the impact of media portrayals. We will focus on how race influences our media consumption decisions and how exposure to certain media messages (in entertainment, news, music, video games) could change racial stereotypes. Credit given for only one of MSCH-C 214 or TEL-T 191.

MSCH-C 206 Media Reporting in a Global World

(3 cr.)

The goal of the course is for students to understand and articulate the issues in global journalism and the role of the media as a participant in shaping societies. Credit given for only one of MSCH-C 206 or JOUR-J 206.

MSCH-C 219 Media in the Global Context

(3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC

Surveys media industries, products, and publics outside the United States context (e.g., Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America). Analyzes regional media in relation to local/global historical, economic, and social processes. Screenings may be required. Credit given for only one of MSCH-C 219 or CMCL-C 202.

III. Complete three courses from the following list (9 cr.)

AAAD-A 330 African American Cinematic Experience

(3 cr.) A & H

Examines the historical and contemporary portrayals of African Americans in Hollywood and in independent narrative film focusing on the social and political functions of film, its legitimization of race, and its oppositional formations, interventions, and practices. Considers how film mediates and interrogates race and social relations in American society.

AAAD-A 359 Ethnic/Racial Stereotypes in American Film

(3 cr.) A & H

A study in cross-cultural stereotyping as evidenced in the film medium. Analysis of Native American, Asian, black, Hispanic, and Jewish groups. Features, shorts, and animations screened to illustrate the “classic” stereotypes of each group and to demonstrate their impact on American society.

AAAD-A 430 The Cinema of Africana Women

(3 cr.) A & H, CSA

Historical and critical overview of films produced by African American women from the 1940s to the present. The course emphasizes how black women filmmakers combine their creative abilities with a desire to capture dominant issues that affect black women’s lives in America.

AAAD-A 447 Race, Crime, and Media

(3 cr.)

Focus on crime reporting in America, addressing the question of whether or not the media distort the picture of crime. In particular, this course explores the mass media treatment of African Americans in the coverage of crime.

LATS-L 302 Latinos in the Media

(3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE DUS

Explores the complex relationship between mainstream media constructions of Hispanics and the Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban migrations to the United States.

MSCH-F 326 Authorship in the Media (Approved topics)

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: MSCH-C 101 or CMCL-C 190, or consent of instructor. Topic varies: in-depth analysis of directors, producers, or creative individuals in the media, viewed as ‘authors.’ May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 326 and CMCL-C 326.

MSCH-F 375 Race, Gender and Representation

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

Construction of race and gender identities across a range of media. Emphasis on the power of sound/image representations to shape and contest ideas about race and gender. Topic varies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 375, JOUR-J 375 or CMCL-C 412.

MSCH-F 377 Cinemas of the Black Diaspora

(3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE GCC

Examines filmmaking in the black diaspora as a formally innovative visual and narrative art form in world cinema. Studies select films for their political and cultural significance and shared themes. Topics include colonialism and postcoloniality; race, gender and sexuality; migration and exile; modernity; and the dislocating processes of globalization.

MSCH-J 360 Journalism Specialties (Approved topics)

(1-4 cr.)

Topical course dealing with changing subjects and material from term to term. May be repeated for credit with different topics in J360 and JOUR-J 360.

See The Media School Bulletin for complete details.

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