Multicultural Film: American 20
(Spring 2010 Term)
Syllabus Change Policy:
This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change
with advance notice.
Instructor: Jodie Baird,
Office Hours (Through Virtual BlackBoard): Friday 12-3, and by appointment
American Cinema /American Culture
3rd ed. NY: McGraw-Hill, 2009.
Kathryn Karrh Cashin and Stacy Lynn Tanner (ed.),
Multi-Cultural Film, An Anthology
Spring/Summer 2011, Pearson
This is an online based course.
All assignments MUST be submitted online, on time.
Papers will all be submitted through SafeAssign, without exception.
Quizzes and exams will be
timed, and provided online.
Due to BlackBoard restrictions, there will be NO late or make-up
Goal/Rationale of the course:
The student will benefit from this course by learning a matrix of movie history, movie genres,
and approaches to multiculturalism by which to judge the movies, cultural representation and the
cultural experiences of life. The movies provide a window on middle and late 20
cultures, which serve as comparisons and contrasts for culture in the 21
The ability to synthesize and analyze articles on culture and movies, and an ability to speak and
write about movies and culture will be necessary.
The learner will…
Conceptualize who we are as Americans and why we look to race, class, gender and sexuality as
our formulas by which to judge others.
Recognize stereotypes of race, class, gender and sexuality, and avoid these easy solutions to
Apply generic expectations in cinematic art form to evaluate the extent to which movies conform
to or break the mold of their genres.
Evaluate the different ways that Americans have become divided by race, class, gender, and
Form a theory about what is an American by which to proceed in life to the complex issues
surrounding all of us in the 21
: This course examines the impact of American Cinema on social relations and on
the reproduction of power.
By watching movies with a better understanding of their biases and prejudices
we may confront them and contest them in order to celebrate the cultural diversity of the United States.
Students who regularly check the BlackBoard site, watch all the movies, read the texts and articles
diligently, discuss on the Blackboard the salient points raised, and write clearly their analyses and