SOCIOL 211: Sociology and Popular Culture
SEMESTER 1, 2018
Teacher: Ciara Cremin firstname.lastname@example.org
Course delivery format:
2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial
(Timetable and room details can be viewed on Student Services Online)
Summary of Course Description:
Popular culture is in the air we breathe. It's the rhythm of our hearts. It stirs our passions. It engenders mass conformity on a global scale but can also inspire revolt. This course exams how popular culture influences our thoughts and stokes our desires. It examines the capitalistic logic of cultural production whereby culture becomes a commodity to make someone wealthy. With popular culture such an integral part of our lives, it is a study of the human personality.
- 1. Appreciate the sociological significance of popular culture and understand its relationship to other cultural forms.
- 2. Be aware of the historic development of popular culture and the sociological study of it.
- 3. Have familiarity with some of the key thinkers and debates in scholarship on popular culture. 4. Be able to critically theorise forms of popular culture in the 21st century.
- 5. Gain a deeper understanding of Sociology as a discipline
Weighting of assignments and due dates if available, eg:
30% essay assignment due on 10 September
30% essay assignment due on 22 October
1. History of Popular Culture
2. Popular Culture™
3. The Culture Industry
4. Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
6. Apparatus of Capture
7. Fantasy Screen
8. - Special Session –
9. Apocalypse Eyes
11. Are Gamers Fascists?
12. Revision Session
See course guide
Optional info depending on course requirements
Workload and deadlines for submission of coursework:
The University of Auckland's expectation is that students spend 10 hours per week on a 15-point course, including time in class and personal study. Students should manage their academic workload and other commitments accordingly. Deadlines for coursework are set by course convenors and will be advertised in course material. You should submit your work on time. In extreme circumstances, such as illness, you may seek an extension but you may be required to provide supporting information before the assignment is due. Late assignments without a pre-approved extension may be penalised by loss of marks – check course information for details.
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