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Summer 2018

All courses on this list are open to Alumni. Community members are eligible to take the courses listed below that are offered on the campus nearest to them. For information about eligibility, please visit our Community Audit page.

The following is a guide to Tufts University Summer Session undergraduate and graduate course numbers:

  • 0001 - 0099: undergraduate credit only
  • 0100 - 0199: undergraduate or graduate
  • 0200 & Up: strictly graduate


  • Some course descriptions contain Tufts University information pertaining to fall and spring offerings of the same course. Where possible, summer specific information has been provided.
  • Pre-requisite and prior study/learning recommendations are indicated in course descriptions. Students who do not attend Tufts in the fall or spring terms should pay attention to these indications when making course selections. If you have questions, contact the instructor or sponsoring department.

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Title:   Popular Culture in America      

Course Number:      ENG 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: 1:00-4:30 PM                     
Status: Open


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