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Mediating Race: Evolving Syllabus

Mediating Race:  Evolving Syllabus

WHY AN EVOLVING SYLLABUS AND A HASTAC GROUP FOR OUR COURSE?

We have begun to add more content and structure to our "Mediating Race" course and are making that public so others can see how we are building a course that both scaffolds our expertise in media studies and critical pedagogy and offers students opportunities to play an increasingly powerful leadership role in building and shaping this course.

Also, we will be using this HASTAC.org Group for a public component to the course and will talk with our students about digital literacy, digital profiles, public writing, data, security, and other issues germane to their present and future lives.. 

Any HASTAC member can create such a group on HASTAC. Before publishing a blog, the author is asked to decide whether the blog will be private to the Group members or public. Like everything on HASTAC, it is free and data is never, ever sold or misused.  This is a great way to help students learn what it means to write responsibly in public, to create an academic public profile. Options exist for students to write with registered pseudonyms if they are concerned about future possibilities.  Finally, in having students learn how to write for the public and use a digital tool responsibly, they can also review their own digital profiles everywhere and think about what it means to leave a digital trail.

 

Mediating Race:

Technology, Performance, Politics, and Aesthetics in Popular Culture

 

ENG 87400 Studies in Visual Media | IDS 81630

Cathy N. Davidson (The Graduate Center, English and the Futures Initiative)

Racquel Gates (College of Staten Island, Media Culture)

Wednesdays, 2-4pm

Course description:

What does it mean to be “cool,” to be “fierce,” or to “slay”? How do film, television, and new media make these concepts legible to audiences? This course focuses on technologies, techniques, performance, and style as components contributing to our ideas, representations, conventions, and stereotypes of race. Rather than treat film, television, and new media as straightforward reflections of social realities, this course will analyze how the media establishes, and continues to shape, our understandings of what blackness (and gender) “look” like.

This is an ideal course for anyone in the humanities and social sciences who is looking for critical approaches to issues of race, racism, and representation in American popular culture. The course will be using active learning techniques, and will offer students new pedagogical methods for the teaching of controversial, difficult, and complicated subject matter.

This course will also be listed in: American Studies, Africana Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Urban Education, Social Welfare, and Psychology.

 

Pedagogical Method: We will be using Professor Gates’s Double Negative as our core critical text for discussing and organizing our analysis of race and popular media.  We will also be using methods of active, engaged, critical pedagogy and students will increasing take over the role of guiding and leading our class sessions.

TEXTS

Our core critical, theoretical text for the class is Professor Gates’s Double Negative:  The Black Image and Popular Culture, Duke University Press, 2018. (Note: students will receive a gift copy of this book in class; do not purchase it).  .

We will also read a number of other crucial works of media studies; students will also be proposing other articles and books for us to read

 

Part One:  Introduction and Methods: Media Studies, Race Studies, Critical Pedagogy

Jan 30  Introductory Lecture:  Course overview, media theory overview, pedagogy overview.   

Think/Pair/Share: Three works of Black media that interest you most  (good bad or ugly)

Think/Pair/Share: Three issues that bother/interest/intrigue you on the topic of “mediating race”

Feb 6  Double Negative ,  Introduction, “Negativity and the Black Popular Image” Double Negative

    Marlon Riggs’ Ethnic Notions or Color Adjustment

Feb 13  Double Negative  Chapter One, “Eddie Murphy, Coming to America, and Formal Negativity”

Film:  Eddie Murphy, “Coming to America”   

Feb 20  Pedagogy and Research Theory

    Cathy N. Davidson, “Active Learning Tool Kit: Rationale, Methods, Models, Research, Bibliography(https://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2017/11/15/active-learning-kit-rationale-methods-models-research-bibliography“Why Start With Pedagogy?”)

    Jesse Stommel, “Dear Student”

(https://www.jessestommel.com/dear-student/)

 

Part Two:  Key Texts [Subject To Change]

  • Students will work in groups to select additional, supplementary critical material, additional texts for discussion

 

[Academy Awards:  Feb 24, 2019; nominations Jan 22]

Feb 27  Beyonce “Lemonade”

March 6  JayZ “444”

“Footnotes for 444”  ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ0wqHBX2KI )

The Carters

March 13 “Love and Hip Hop”   Guest Speaker  TBA

Racquel Gates, “Why I Love Reality TV,” New York Times, September 28, 2018.

Chapter 4, “Embracing the Ratchet: Reality Television and Strategic Negativity”

March 20 [Prof Gates away]  FI Symposium Planning (April 9)

March 27  “If Beale Street Could Talk”

April 3 “Get Out” or “Sorry To Bother You”

Part Three: Students Choose Texts (How To Build a Syllabus)

  • Students work in groups to choose texts, analysis, pedagogical exercises

April 10  __________________

Background pedagogy text:  “Why Have Students Design the Syllabus”

https://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2016/03/02/why-my-students-design-syllabus-fight4edu

Thursday April 11 Spring Symposium  330-700

April 17 ________________

SPRING RECESS APRIL 19-28

May 1  __________________

May 8   Last class

READING DAY May 15--

FINAL GRADES DUE May 28

 

Part One:  Introduction and Methods: Media Studies, Race Studies, Critical Pedagogy

    Marlon Riggs’ Ethnic Notions or Color Adjustment

Feb 6   Media Theory  

Double Negative:  The Black Image and Popular Culture (Introduction)

Feb 13  Double Negative

Eddie Murphy, “Coming to America”

Feb 20  Pedagogy and Research Theory

    Cathy N. Davidson, “Active Learning Tool Kit: Rationale, Methods, Models, Research, Bibliography” (https://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2017/11/15/active-learning-k...“Why Start With Pedagogy?”)

    Jesse Stommel, “Dear Student”

(https://www.jessestommel.com/dear-student/)

 

Part Two:  Key Texts [Subject To Change]

  • Students will work in groups to select additional, supplementary critical material, additional texts for discussion

[Academy Awards:  Feb 24, 2019; nominations Jan 22]

Feb 27  Beyonce “Lemonade”

March 6  JayZ “444”

“Footnotes for 444”  ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ0wqHBX2KI )

The Carters

March 13 “Love and Hip Hop”   Guest Speaker

“Why I Love Reality TV,” New York Times, September 28, 2018.

Chapter Four, "Embracing the Ratchet: Reality Television and Strategic Negativity"

March 20 [Prof Gates away]  Symposium Planning (April 9 FI Symposium, "Race Across the Curriculum")

March 27  “If Beale Street Could Talk”

April 3 “Get Out” or “Sorry To Bother You”

 

Part Three: How To Build a Syllabus.  Students will chose the texts for our analysis in the last third of the course.

  • Students work in groups to choose texts, analysis, pedagogical exercises  

April 10  TEXT:_______________Student-Designed Topic

Background pedagogy text:  “Why Have Students Design the Syllabus”

https://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2016/03/02/why-my-students-design-syllabus-fight4edu

Thursday April 11 Spring Symposium , "Race Across the Curriculum":  330-700 pm  Each of the four Futures Initiative courses collaborates on a Spring symposium. Graduate students will be encouraged to use innovative pedagogical methods in their undergraduate classes and to invite their CUNY undergraduates to participate in and attend the Spring Symposium.  The event will be live-streamed and archived.  

April 17 TEXT:_______________Student-Designed Topic

SPRING RECESS APRIL 19-28

May 1  TEXT:_______________Student-Designed Topic

May 8   Last class

READING DAY May 15--

FINAL GRADES DUE May 28

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Golden Globe Best Picture Nominees inc Black Panther, Black Klansman,
and If Beale Street Could Talk. Yes, our syllabus just EXPLODED! Can't
wait
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