SOC 210 Popular Culture • 5 Cr.
What makes popular culture "popular" and who decides for us? Wrestle with the notion of whether popular culture defines society, or if society defines popular culture; by studying television, music, film, and more. Themes include audience reception, network societies, and popular culture on a global scale.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a general understanding of Popular Culture from a sociological perspective;
- Critically analyze various popular culture texts;
- Explain and discuss how the intersections of race, class, and gender are represented and maintained in popular culture texts;
- Describe the dominant representations and identity constructions of marginalized people in historical and contemporary analyses of US popular culture;
- Discuss textual analysis critically; and
- Illustrate their understanding of popular culture through an historically global lens.