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EPRS 8450 Popular Culture as a Qualitative Text
Credit Hours 3.0

This course interrogates popular culture as a qualitative text. Qualitative research methods such as semiotics, textual analysis, and content analysis will be utilized to explore how identities like race, class, gender, and sexuality are represented and constructed in popular culture forms. Many forms of popular culture will be investigated with the intent to analyze, critique, and understand. Forms to be considered include television, film, music, digital media, as well as aspects of material culture such as dress, games, and toys. In addition to learning how to analyze popular culture through media textual analysis, the course will also examine the history of popular culture, its power, and complexities as well as how it is used as a tool of revealing, producing and reproducing ideology and political struggle.