2018-2019 Catalog

CSP 16 Representation and Visual Culture

How is identity represented in visual culture? This course looks at motion pictures, print media, and art, and asks who gets represented and how? We focus on the depiction of race, gender, sexuality, and nation in the late 20th century/early 21st century to uncover how larger ideas about individual and communal identities are produced and circulated. Students will learn how to identify and negotiate the multiple interpretations elicited by an object of study and to make a compelling argument for a particular reading. We will explore numerous methodologies -- including art history, cultural studies, film analysis, gender studies, race criticism, and more -- and apply these in our critical writing.


4 units


Open only to first year frosh