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Critical Approaches to Popular Culture

Critical Approaches to Popular Culture

Subject Area
Course Number
COMM 1230 920
Course Code
COMM1230920
Course Key
77800
Day(s)
Monday
Wednesday
Time
5:15pm-9:05pm
5:15pm-9:05pm
Instructor
SYBERT, JEANNA MARIE
Primary Program
Secondary Program
Course Description
Popular culture has been alternately condemned as too trivial to warrant attention and too powerful to resist. Its consumers have been dubbed fashion victims, couch potatoes and victims of propaganda. This course considers these critiques, as well as those that suggest that popular culture can be emancipatory, allowing for the creation and renegotiation of meaning. Over the course of the semester we consider the impacts of various forms of popular culture, and discuss their effects on how we see ourselves and others. We explore the ever-shifting distinctions between high, middlebrow, and low culture and analyze how power and resistance structure the production and consumption of popular texts.
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