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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2010


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Course Description

This writing component course is designed to provide students a comprehensive historical and sociological overview of media treatment of minorities, including identity constructions of racial and ethnic and gender groups as well as class issues that who contextualize the minority experience. Topics about women focus on minorities.

The chronological focus is WWII to the present. As the ethnographical component, this course requires learning to see and to analyze one's immediate environment and to analyze its press coverage through the press ethics lens of the Commission for Freedom of the Press and the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. Students are required to gather the demographics of the University of Texas and to collect a clip file of all Daily Texan news stories during the semester about minorities at UT. These materials will be needed for the semester-end research report which serves as a final exam and which students begin working on from the start of the semester. We will discuss coverage throughout the semester, so students must stay current. Additional articles will be provided from time-to-time from the alternative press, with which students will be expected to become familiar.


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