Class Highlight - Exploring Race and Gender in Film (Hybrid Option)


Class Highlight - Exploring Race and Gender in Film (Hybrid Option)

What class?

LSAL 4793 - Exploring Race and Gender in Film

Why is it cool?

Online classes are convenient, but stepping on campus has benefits of its own. Students taking Exploring Race and Gender in Film this summer will get the best of both worlds in this hybrid option.

"It's the easiest class to actually show how race and gender operate. Once you see it and talk about it, it opens your eyes."

The class uses popular films like "Blazing Saddles" and "Billy Jack" to encourage students to flex their critical thinking muscles over issues like race and gender. Students will look at inequality and inclusiveness through the cinematic lens, analyzing the evolution of film relating to these issues.

Students will examine films by decade, covering the periods of slavery, Jim Crow, Civil Rights and Post-Civil Rights. They'll make their own determinations about whether entertainment in the Post-Civil Rights period has helped or hindered the goals of racial and ethnic equality.

As a former student once told instructor Paul Ketchum, the class can forever change how you look at films.

"It's the easiest class to actually show how race and gender operate," Ketchum said. "Once you see it and talk about it, it opens your eyes. It's a really fun class."

Ketchum said the hybrid format will allow students to meet on campus and experience personal interaction with other students, resulting in a deeper learning experience.

"Students are responsible for doing the prep work before the class meeting," he said. "Since they've already digested the information when we meet, it takes learning to a whole new level and let's student think critically about what they've learned. It's really an ideal situation."

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the OU Extended Campus College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.