SOC 183 Popular Culture (3 credits)

This course presents a sociological analysis of popular culture. Students examine the role of popular culture in society using sociological theories, methods and concepts. The course will further examine how the nature of popular culture is shaped by mass media organizations and how popular culture, in turn, shapes mass media, our perceptions of self, others, and many aspects of society. Students explore various facets of popular culture, such as print media, radio, television, films, advertising, sports, and popular music. Prerequisite: English and reading placement at college level or permission of instructor.