Graduate Research Papers
Decoding Hollywood: An instructional design module for visual literacy of race, ethnicity, & cultural portrayals in Hollywood films
Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Minorities in motion pictures;
This is an instructional design project developed to enhance a curriculum module in Visual Literacy at the University of Northern Iowa. The module examines the content, messages, and viewer interpretation of Hollywood Cinema and issues of diversity. Hollywood reflects the current thoughts, actions, and habits of the American culture, which influences the thought process of the entire world. Students are required to view selected Hollywood films that document American history and educate in cultural diversity, trends and issues. The intention of this module is for students of diverse backgrounds to become exposed to a cultural system that they have traditionally been taught not to see. By becoming aware of the system, they are to become aware of their own cultural bias, stereotypes, and beliefs.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of Instructional Technology
Leigh E. Zeitz
Mary C. Herring
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©2012 Derek A. Sallis
Sallis, Derek A., "Decoding Hollywood: An instructional design module for visual literacy of race, ethnicity, & cultural portrayals in Hollywood films" (2012). Graduate Research Papers. 3279.
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