The study of popular culture has become a significant interdisciplinary field in recent decades, a maturity marked by the establishment of national and international scholarly associations, conferences, peer-reviewed journals, and a substantial and growing body of published research.  While the course will be available to all students in the Faculty of Arts and Science it may be of special interest to those who are pursuing studies in English, Sociology, Anthropology, History, East Asian Studies, American Studies, Canadian Studies, Cinema Studies, and Book & Media Studies.


WDW241Y1Y    Introduction to the Study of Popular Culture [48L] - Not offered in 2017-18
An overview of the major theoretical perspectives on popular culture, focused on developing critical tools for analyzing and evaluating its major forms both as distinctive cultural artifacts and as social phenomena.  Students will draw on their own experiences with popular culture while engaging with a wide range of critical sources.

Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)