FILM 290 Topics in Digital Cinema (Formerly DC 270)

Raphael Nash

Office: STDC 332
Winter 2020-2021
Class number: 34505
Section number: 501
Tu 1:30PM - 4:45PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus


From Minstrelsy to Memes, and everything in between.

Since the birth of cinema, films have assisted in forming viewers' perception of society, race relations and ethnic notions. As a late-19th century invention, American Cinema's development occurred during a time prone to racial intolerance, ignorance, exploitation, and fear. We will explore Hollywood's representation of African-American, Latinx, Muslim, and Asian-American groups, and more importantly, explore the socio-political contexts that support racial misrepresentation across the last two centuries. We will also examine films, filmmakers, scholars, and institutions that seek to challenge this discrepancy. We will inherently engage in discussions of race, racism, stereotypes, and bigotry. The dialogue this course creates should be one of understanding, fairness, and truth.


Required: Media & Minorities: The Politics of Race in News and Entertainment, Stephanie Greco Larson
ISBN: 9780847694532

Online reading material & printed resources will be given throughout the course.


Writing Assignments: 25%
Quizzes: 30%
Mid-Term: 10%
Final Project: 25%
Participation: 10%



Course Work

Homework will consist of written responses to articles, films, television programs, and online material. Completed assignments will be posted to our class dropbox/submissions area in D2L.

Quizzes will cover terminology and historical facts related to our topics.

Mid-term will be an outline of your final research project.

The Final Research Project will consist of extensive research on a particular mode of misrepresentation in film, supported by the analysis of 3 films within this scope. The project can be in the form of a 10-page paper, 2-5 minute video, or a 20-slide presentation.

Course Policies

Course Policies

- Attendance and class participation is mandatory
- Late assignments will not be accepted without permission

Changes to Syllabus
This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296