FT 05-M Strange Bedfellows: Popular Culture and Education
Tammy Turner-Vorbeck, Department of Teacher Education, TTh, 9:45
Television as teacher? Harry Potter as course text? Cyberspace as classroom? Using the perspectives of cultural studies and sociology, this course will explore the interrelationship of our popular culture, youth culture, and education. We will examine the ways that adolescence and the experience of school are portrayed in various forms of media as well as how artifacts of popular culture influence and are used in education. Cultural studies provides us with a perspective for examining the cultural messages and practices we use to define ourselves as individuals and the world around us. Sociology provides us with a perspective for considering the complex relationships among people and our social institutions. Course readings, films, discussions, and guest speakers will inform us as we define popular culture, share our experiences of it, and cast a critical eye on the larger forces at work in our society, forces of which we are often unaware.