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Summer 2018

The list below represents all undergraduate and pre-college courses open to high school students in the Tufts Summer Session for High Schoolers program. Summer Session for High Schoolers is a non-residential program that offers high school students the opportunity to enroll in Tufts University courses. All Courses are available for credit, while Workshops are not offered for credit.

Rising High School Juniors (Class of 2020) and Seniors (Class of 2019) are eligible for all workshops and courses listed. Rising High School Sophomores (Class of 2021) are eligible for all Studio Art Courses & Workshops. Note that courses not listed below are not open to students in this program.

A short application is required before high school students can be enrolled. Apply early to assure your placement in the courses you want!

This course list is subject to change.

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Title:   Popular Culture in America      

Course Number:      AMER 0092B
Campus: Medford/Somer.   
Room: TBA

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to think and write critically about how American values and notions of identity are constructed through popular visual media such as television and film. Beginning with our earliest encounters with mass media, animation in the form of cartoons, we will engage various cultural lenses to explore to what extent, in manners overt on subliminal, mass media both reflects and dictates the tropes and narratives that have become the mainstay of contemporary popular expression. We will be looking critically at numerous Hollywood genres, in the form of iconic films, such as The Invasion of the Body Snatches or The Godfather, iconic directors, such as Alfred Hitchcock or Christopher Nolan and iconic characters. Finally, we will turn to the more recent phenomenon of "binge TV" viewing and such shows as Breaking Bad, House of Cards, and Scandal.

Instructor: Sarah King
Class Dates: Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018 to Friday, Aug 10, 2018
Day(s): TTh           Times: 6:00-9:30 PM                     
Status: Open


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