Topic Outline

Week Topic / Task Outcome(s) Content / Activities Resources
1
  • Introduction: Overview, Assignments
  • Introduction to Pop Culture:  what is it?high culture vs. pop culture
1, 2, 4 Lecture, films
  • Assorted Clips from course On-line readings required for each week of the course (see website for details)
  • FAME IN THE 20th CENTURY
2 McLuhan’s Legacy

  • (A) Media analysis, Icons, & Semiotics
  • (B) The Rituals of Culture
1 through 4 Lecture, films, powerpoints
3 Pop Music

  • (A) History of Popular Music: Cultural Appropriation
  • (B) Negative Effects of Video & Music
  • (C) Product Placement
  • (D) R.I.P. Hip Hop
1 through 4 Lecture, films Modern Popular Music Compilation

4 Hollywood & Consumerism

  • (A)  Hollywoodism, part 1:  Truth, Justice, and the American way?
  • (B) Consumerism & Pop Culture
1 through 4 Lecture, films, powerpoints, discussion
5 Hollywood & Racism

  • (A) Hollywoodism, part 2:  The Great White Way
  • (B) Racism & Pop Culture
1 through 4 Lecture, films, discussion
6 Art

  • (A)  Soupcan or masterpiece?
  • (B) Walls for Change
1 through 4 Lecture, films
7 MID-TERM TEST 1 through 4 MID-TERM TEST (30%) Attendance is mandatory
8 INTERSESSION WEEK
9 Gender & Pop Culture

  • (A) Stereotypes and Roles
  • (B) Misogyny & Gender enculturation in art and popular culture
  • (C) Violent Masculinity
1 through 4 Lecture, films, discussion
10 Consumerism, cont’d: The Corporation:  If the Corporation is a “legal person,” what kind of person is it? 1 through 4 Lecture, film, discussion THE CORPORATION
11 Advertising & Consumerism

  • (A) Advertising: The Tower of Babel & the Shocking Truth
  • (B) Consumerism revisited
1 through 4 Lecture, film
12 Television & Consumerism

  • (A) Television: Big Brother’s free lunch
  • (B) TV: the messenger
1 through 4 ICON ESSAY (30%)Lecture, film THE TUBE IS REALITY
13 Miltarism & the Media: Can news be unbiased? 1 through 4 Lecture, filmSPECIAL GUEST: AYUB NURI (click here for details)
14 Conspiracy Theories: Pop Culture,Post 9-11 1 through 4 EXAM PREVIEWLecture, film
15 FINAL EXAM 1 through 4 FINAL EXAM (30%)
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