78:297 Politics and Popular Culture [McCulloch]

This course is designed to introduce students to critical concepts in the study of political science and political analysis employing modern popular culture as a thematic thread. These critical concepts may include war and terrorism; democracy; neoliberalism and late capitalism; nationalism and identity politics; and political advocacy and activism. Across a range of media and genres, such as novels, graphic novels and zines, films, TV, music, art, social media, and the internet, students will critically assess the significance of popular culture in shaping beliefs about power and politics and, conversely the role of power and politics in shaping popular culture. More broadly, the course aims to highlight the political in everyday life and the range of ways in which we engage in politics, both formal and informal.  

Instructor: Allison McCulloch