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Hollywood Films and American Life

This course examines the vast and rich myth-making power of Hollywood film narratives that influence dominant cultural views of American identity. Students view films that explore problems and promises of American culture and society such as equality, democracy, justice, class, gender, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity. Students analyze films while considering the work of historians, sociologists, film critics, media studies scholars, anthropologists and journalists. Students will screen films outside of class. Assignments include creating a short film that explores the city where myths are both lived out and refuted on a daily basis.

Course #
MCC-UE 1141
Media, Culture, and Communication


Brett Gary

Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication