U.S. society, culture, and politics since WW II through feature films. Topics include: McCarthyism and the Cold War; ethnicity and racial identify; changing sex and gender relationships; the civil rights and anti-war movements; and mass media. Films include: The Best Years of Our Lives, Salt of the Earth, On the Waterfront, Raisin in the Sun, Kramer v Kramer, and Falling Down.
- The number of units determines the amount of pages for the two papers. (Paper 1: 3 credits=1000 words; 4 credits=1500 words; Paper 2: 1200-1500 words (for 3 credit enrollment) OR 2000-2200 words (for 4 credit enrollment). The reason is that high school students and foreign language students sometimes lack the writing skills for longer work. However, the instructor is open to setting the course at 4 units.