Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

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Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Posted by samford on January 15, 2013

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to major themes in, theories about, and approaches to the study of popular culture. It is meant to help you understand the role popular culture plays in your everyday life and in our society by providing a framework for analyzing the culture of everyday life. During the course of the semester, we will develop interpretive strategies for evaluating a range of popular texts, products, and practices. We will consider the role of producers, distributors, and audiences in the process of creating meaning and value in and around these texts to better understand popular culture as a site of negotation and expression. Through a range of activities, you will also improve your ability to read, think, write, and engage critically about/with the popular culture texts that you encounter every day.

POP 201 counts as a required course for the major in Popular Culture Studies. This program offers WKU undergraduates the chance to broaden their understanding of the arts and culture of everyday life including such areas as television, film, music, sports, advertising, customs and rituals. Through innovative interdisciplinary coursework the major helps students critically analyze a wide range of popular cultural forms, their uses by audiences, and their impact on the broader social, political and economic landscape. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting and innovative program, I’m happy to share more with you, or you can check out the Popular Culture Studies website at http://www.wku/pop/.


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