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Unformatted text preview: Professor Curtis Marez Ethnic Studies 101 Solís Hall 104 Tu Th 3:30-5:00 Office Hours: Tu 2:30-3-30, W 12-2 Social Sciences Bld., Room 224 Race and Ethnicity in Film The focus of this course is on the study of films by, for, and about indigenous people and people of color in the U.S. and the world. Topics will include: colonialism and anti- colonialism; film and social movements; cinematic intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, and nation; alternative modes of production, distribution, and spectatorship; film form and aesthetics. Course Materials: There is one textbook for the course, available for purchase at the UCSD Bookstore: Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media All other readings are on electronic reserve, abbreviated as “ER” below in the list of assignments. As noted below, a number of films will be screened entirely or in part during class time. In all other cases you are responsible for watching assigned films outside of class. All films will be available on reserve in the library or online via digital media reserves (listed as “DMR” below). In some cases links to films available on line elsewhere are also provided, particularly when of higher resolution than the DMR version. While many of the films are fun to watch, their entertainment value is not our central concern. The focus of this course is on films as complex, socially significant objects of analysis. Which is to say that you should treat films as seriously as a scholarly essay, making sure to watch the film before class, study it carefully, and take notes. Course Requirements : --Regular attendance in lecture. Students should come to class prepared to discuss assigned readings and screenings. Attendance will be taken and more than 2 unexcused absences may affect your grade. --Regular attendance and participation in section (see section syllabus for section policies). 20% --Two 5-7 page papers, due at the start of class on Tuesday, 4/19 and on Thursday, 6/2. The essays should construct an argument about a particular example and draw on at least two secondary sources from course reading. Students will be given several paper topics to choose from. 40% --An in-class midterm on Tuesday 5/3 and a final exam on Monday 6/6, 3-6pm. The exams will be divided into two, equally weighted part: 1.) short identification questions that ask you to identify key concepts, films, scenes, people, and characters and describe their significance; 2.) an essay question. The midterm will cover course material up to 5/3 their significance; 2....
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- Spring '08
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