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Sociology (SOC)

SOC 019 (GS) Sociology of Popular Culture (3) Students are introduced to the sociological study of how popular culture is produced, consumed, and experienced.

SOC 019 Sociology of Popular Culture (3)
(GS)

(BA) This course is approved for the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course provides an introduction to the sociological study of popular culture. Students are introduced to core sociological perspectives on culture and use them to the study how popular culture is produced, consumed, and experienced across space and time. The course addresses topics such as creativity and innovation in culture production; the rationalization and commercialization of popular culture; cultural capital and social distinctions; popular culture as an identity resource; selling and consuming popular culture, and popular culture in the digital era. Opportunities for students to conduct their own investigations of popular culture promote the development of research, evaluation, and communication skills that facilitate awareness of the significance of popular culture in their daily lives. By studying popular culture via social processes, structures, and interpersonal relationships students become more sociologically savvy observers of the world around them and gain a richer understanding of social stasis and change. The course provides students with a foundation for further study in sociology and related social sciences, as well as academic and applied disciplines that focus on popular culture.


General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures
Effective: Spring 2014

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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