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Ethnic Studies: ETHN 235 Race, Ethnicity, and Pop Culture

Course Description

Examines the contributions of people of color and Indigenous peoples in media and popular culture. Covers the cultural, economic, social, and political forces that shape intersectional representations in media. Analyzes representations of race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, immigration, gender, and sexuality in film, television, music, art, and news media by utilizing Ethnic Studies theoretical frameworks and methods including queer of color critique, womxn of color feminisms, cultural studies, and new media studies. Interprets popular culture and independent productions to understand how media representations reproduce structural violence through controlling images and inspire audiences to imagine worlds beyond struggle.

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Instructor Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Mario  Espinoza-Kulick

Pronouns: he/él


Fall Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 1 PM - 4 PM SLO Campus, Room 4040

Wednesdays 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM, SLO Campus, Room 4040

Recommended Textbook Information

Reference Materials

Books and eBooks

Videos and DVDs

Latinos beyond Reel is a documentary about how Latinos are marginalized and vilified in the U.S. media,

Available for checkout:  DVD PN1995.9 .H47 L38 2012