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Fall 2017-2018
* ANT 208 / REL 208 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Religion, Ideology, and Media

Carolyn M. Rouse

This course explores how media shapes cultural and social identities. From televangelism to political talk radio, the mass marketing of faith and political ideologies is contributing to how people understand themselves as gendered, raced, and classed subjects. But are these programs helping to sustain a fragile consensus within our nation-state, or is this media threatening radical disunity? This course examines what is at stake culturally in this religious and ideological war of symbols generated within mediascapes.

Sample reading list:
Marla Frederick, Colored Television
Carolyn Rouse, Televised Redemption
Bambi Scjieffelin, Language Ideologies
Su'ad Khabeer, Muslim Cool
Susan Harding, The Book of Jerry Falwell
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
120 pages of reading per week. Weekly précis 20%, mid-term exam 20%, media assignment 20%, final paper 30%, participation 10%

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21975 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Green Hall   0-S-9   Enrolled:23 Limit:40