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Summer 2018

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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

Offered in: Second session
Class Dates: Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018 to Friday, Aug 10, 2018
Day(s): TTh           Times: 6:00-9:30 PM
Credit Value: 3          Call Number:  n/a

Audit Enroll Option: Yes                           
Status: Open


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