Summer 2024 - CMNS 452 D100

Race and the Media (4)

Class Number: 1115

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jun 25 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    26 CMNS units with a minimum grade of C- or 60 units with a minimum CGPA of 2.00.



Examines the contemporary construction and maintenance of race and ethnicity, through movies, music, and the Internet. Provides grounding in scholarship on media, race, ethnicity, and identity. Explores the historical role of entertainment in racialization. Investigates contemporary issues and forms of media and race. Students who have taken CMNS 486 with subtitle "Race and the Media" cannot take this course for further credit.


NOTE:  This course is taught in Summer Session -- 25 June - 2 August 2024.

Entertainment and the arts are key sites of production and conduits for the circulation of cultural signs and stories about race and ethnicity. These signs and stories form a system of meanings that structure how we see social identities and frame our actions. While film, music, television, news, art, the Internet, video games, and sports have been converging under the title of entertainment, they permeate the most intimate aspects of our everyday lives and our social institutions.


  • Seminar Participation (Individual) 15%
  • Seminar Leadership (Group) 20%
  • Précis 25%
  • Paper/Creative Project Proposal 10%
  • Paper/Creative Project 30%


The school expects that the grades awarded in this course will bear some reasonable relation to established university-wide practices with respect to both levels and distribution of grades. In addition, the School will follow Policy S10.01 with respect to Academic Integrity, and Policies S10.02, S10.03 and S10.04 as regards Student Discipline (note: as of May 1, 2009 the previous T10 series of policies covering Intellectual Honesty (T10.02) and Academic Discipline (T10.03) have been replaced with the new S10 series of policies). For further information see:



Course readings will be made available online via Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university.