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SOCI220 - American Popular Culture

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI220 Course ID: 3694 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a contemporary study of popular culture in America – its development and characteristics, its role in shaping our individual lives and key social institutions; and its broad effects on our globalizing world. The course is designed around the interdisciplinary nature of cultural studies, and students will learn how to use key concepts and theories to examine popular culture from a number of different fields including Sociology, Anthropology, Communications, History, Cultural Studies, English, Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, and American Studies. Students will develop the skills to analyze the reciprocal relationship between culture and key stratification factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, region and sexuality. The course will cover many facets of popular culture from all forms of media, to sports, fashion, and the influence of technology. Students will learn to situate popular culture within its social, historical, political, and economic contexts and their personal lives.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students completing this course will:
CO1: Compare and contrast culture, popular, high culture, elite culture, mass culture, low culture, subculture and counterculture.
CO2: Describe examples of the different types of norms operative in popular culture, and how these are related to the process of social control.
CO3: Identify the research methods used to create knowledge about popular culture.
CO4: Apply key cultural theories and analytical dimensions for examining popular culture.
CO5: Explain how various elements of popular culture inform or reflect our attitudes, behavior, and society and why the popular culture becomes popular.
CO6: Illustrate diversity in popular culture and concepts of multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism with reference to key stratifying factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, region and sexuality.
CO7: Analyze culture within individual, social, historical, political, economic, and global contexts.
CO8: Describe the cultural and social significance of popular culture in shaping the larger contemporary American society.
CO9: Examine the roles of print media, art, music, radio, television, motion picture, the Internet, sports, fashion, and technology in the development of American popular culture.

Forums:

Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required. Forums are scheduled weekly and found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

Assignments
This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:
Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment 1: Movie Review 20.00 %
Assignment 2: Music Analysis 20.00 %
Assignment 3: Annotated Bibliography 20.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:
Publication Info:
ISBN: N/A

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.