Terp Young Scholars

July 7-26, 2019

American Studies

AMST204: Film and American Culture Studies

Narrative films are unique cultural and historical texts that can provide us with important insight into the societies from which and about which they are created. Analyzing specific themes presented in the films or even focusing on the production history will reveal the dynamic nature of culture. In this course, we will be using a variety of American narrative films, both mainstream and independent, as a lens through which to view significant aspects of our own culture. Specifically, we will be examining how race and ethnic identity, gender, sexuality, socio-economic class, and disability are represented through classic and contemporary American films to gain an understanding of this complex and ever-changing society. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to critically analyze films using theories, concepts, and terminology appropriate to the field of study and understand many of the specific ways in which American film speaks to and about our diverse society.

Note: Students registered in this course will need access to an electronic device with film streaming capabilities to complete homework and other course assignments. Students can bring their own personal computers (or other electronic device) to campus or rent a computer or tablet through the University of Maryland library's University Libraries Equipment Loan Program.

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