SOC 210 Popular Culture • 5 Cr.


What makes popular culture "popular" and who decides for us? Wrestle with the notion of whether popular culture defines society, or if society defines popular culture; by studying television, music, film, and more. Themes include audience reception, network societies, and popular culture on a global scale.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Critically "read" popular culture items from a sociological perspective.
  • Describe how the intersections of race, class, and gender are represented and maintained in popular culture texts.
  • Discuss popular culture through a historically global lens.