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SYLLABUS

Pop Culture, Power, & Society Syllabus, Spring 2014

FINAL

Final Take-Home Exam, Spring 2014

CLASS SCHEDULE AND READINGS

WEEK 1 (1/21 – 1/23)

Wait, I thought we’d just be watching movies in this class:  What is pop culture?

Readings:

Mix It Up, chapter 1

Online: “On High & Popular Culture” by Raymond Williams

WEEK 2 (1/28 – 1/30) 

Pop-Pop! The Functionalist Approach to Pop Culture

Readings:

Mix It Up, chapter 2

Online: “Imagined Communities” by Benedict Anderson

WEEK 3 (2/4 – 2/6)

…And this is why we can’t have nice things: The Critical Approach to Pop Culture

Readings:

Mix It Up, chapter 3

Reality Bites Back chapters 1-5

WEEK 4 (2/11 – 2/13) 

There is no such thing as a ghetto pass: The Critical Approach to Pop Culture, II –  Intersectionality

Readings:

Reality Bites Back chapters 6-11

WEEK 5 (2/18 – 2/20)

So what happens when you say “a million bucks” three times in a mirror? The Interactional Approach to Pop Culture

Readings:

Mix It Up, chapter 4

Excerpt from “The Vanishing Hitchhiker”

WEEK 6 (2/25 – 2/27)

Let’s Do The Time Warp Again: Art, “Art,” and Camp

Readings:

Mix It Up, chapter 5

“Notes on Camp” by Sontag

WEEK 7 (3/4 – 3/6)

Wheee: Spring Break

Readings:

None! Enjoy your break!

WEEK 8 (3/11 – 3/13)

Dolla Dolla Bill, Y’all: The Culture Industry, Part I

Readings:

Toxic Sludge is Good for You chapters 1-6

“Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception”

WEEK 9 (3/18 – 3/20)

It’s Hard To Be Legit & Still Pay Tha Rent: The Culture Industry, Part II

Readings:

Mix It Up, chapter 6

Toxic Sludge is Good for You, chapters 7-12

WEEK 10 (3/25 – 3/27) 

The Disease of Consumption (and we’re not talking about tuberculosis)

Readings:

Mix It Up, chapters 7 & 9

Also, watch this video.

WEEK 11 (4/1 – 4/3) 

Audiences, Fans, & Meaning Making

Readings:

Mix It Up, chapter 8

“Why Women Aren’t Funny,” by Hitchens

“Why Men Aren’t Funny” by Feig

WEEK 12 (4/8 – 4/10)

A Series of Tubes: Pop Culture in the “Digital Age”

Readings:

Mix It Up, chapter 10

WEEK 13 (4/15 – 4/17)

The “Porning” of Society: Sex in Pop Culture Part I

Readings:

Female Chauvinist Pigs, chapters 1-3

WEEK 14 (4/22 – 4/24)

Fighting Raunch Culture: Sex in Pop Culture Part II

Readings:

Female Chauvinist Pigs, chapters 4-6

WEEK 15 (4/29 – 5/1)

Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus! How Pop Culture Helps, Part I

Readings:

Everything Bad is Good for You, Introduction & Part I

WEEK 16 (5/6 – 5/8)

¿Abierto? ¡Cerrado! How Pop Culture Helps, Part II

Readings:

Everything Bad is Good for You, Part II

CLASS SLIDES

Week 1 – What Is Pop Culture?

Week 2 – The Functionalist Approach

Week 3 – The Conflict Approach

Week 4 – The Conflict Approach, Continued: Intersectionality

Week 5 – The Interactional Approach

Week 6, Part 1 – Art & Camp

Week 8 day 1 – Culture Industry

Week 8 day 2 – Culture Industry

Week 9 – Culture Industry II

Week 10, part I – Consumption

Week 10, part 2 – Consumption & Class

Week 11, part 1 – Consumption & Meaning Making

Week 11, part 2 – Audiences, Fans, & Meaning-Making

Week 12  – Audiences, Fans, & Meaning-Making, (again)

Week 13 – Pop Culture In the Digital Age

Week 14 – Raunch Culture

Week 15 – How Pop Culture Makes Us Smarter

ASSIGNMENTS & RUBRICS

Master blog post assignment, Spring 2014!

“In Defense of Pop Culture” Paper assignment, Spring 2014!

“Big” Media Assignment, Spring 2014!

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