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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.



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