Hollywood's Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes in Film and Television

Course Dates: 
First four weeks: September 16, 23, 30, October 7
Mondays, 9-11 a.m.
Jim Lawrence
Course Catalogs: 
2019 Fall

We will examine some of the prevalent stereotypes used in Hollywood motion picture and television productions. An increased awareness of media portrayal of racial and ethnic groups and how stereotypical presentations damage perceptions of people in real life can expose factors that lead to bias and prejudice. Specifically, we will focus on Asian, Hispanic, Native American and African American stereotypes using photos, graphics and video examples.

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Class Schedule


Asian stereotypes in Hollywood

Hispanic stereotypes in Hollywood

Native American stereotypes in Hollywood

Disney Notorious Films

Instructor: Jim Lawrence (hapjamlaw@yahoo.com) recently retired from 16 years on the communications faculty at Gardner-Webb University where he taught video production and non-linear editing. Prior to entering higher education full-time, he worked in the Hollywood film and television industries and is still a member of both the Writers and Directors Guilds.