Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    Jun 09, 2023  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SOC 1290 - [American Society through Film]

Fall. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Next offered 2014-2015.

D. Strang.

Introduces students to the sociological analysis of American society through the lens of film.  Major themes involve race, class, and gender; upward and downward mobility; incorporation and exclusion; small town vs the big city; and cultural conflicts over individualism, achievement, and community. We match a range of movies like American Graffiti (Lucas), Ace in the Hole (Wilder), The Asphalt Jungle (Houston), Do the Right Thing (Lee), The Heiress (Wyler), High Noon (Zinnemann), Mean Streets (Scorsese), Nashville (Altman), The Philadelphia Story (Cukor), and A Streetcar Named Desire (Kazan).  Each film is paired with social scientific research that examines parallel topics, such as analyses of who goes to college, the production of news, deviant careers, urban riots, the gendered presentation of self, and the prisoner’s dilemma.

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