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Dr. Joe Allen
English 226H: Popular Culture
Office: Hudson 408A
Office Hours: Mon -- 9:00-9:50
Tues -- 8:30-9:20
Wed -- 10:00-10:50
Thurs 11:00 – 11:50 and by appointment
Cultural Theory and Popular Culture (7th Edition) by John Storey
Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
No Logo by Naomi Klein
Harrington & Bielby: Popular Culture: Production and Consumption
The Little, Brown Compact Handbook (or another up-to-date handbook)
My obligations for the class include:
1. To know the subject material and to prepare a worthwhile, interesting class each day we meet.
2. To meet the following objectives:
a. analyze and evaluate various forms and aesthetics of popular culture.
b. investigate how popular culture is produced and consumed
c. assess how popular culture is represented and what social identities and/or ideologies are part of its representation.
d. understand how popular culture is circulated and regulated as well as explain how popular culture reflects and shapes social forces.
e. develop essential skills, including critical thinking and inference, from the General Education Objectives
f. introduce methods of understanding, interpreting, and evaluating works of popular culture in a particular form.
g. foster an ability to engage in lifelong education by learning to acquire knowledge and to use it for intelligent ends.
3. To be available for consultation.
4. To take you into account as a learner and as a person.
5. To specify my expectations as clearly as I can.
Your obligations for the class include:
1. To attend class. It is imperative that you attend every session.
2. To attend class on time.
3. To actively participate in class activities.
4. To read assigned material thoroughly before the first day of discussion.
5. To ask questions.
6. To complete all assignments on time.
7. To respect the other members of the class.
10% -- participation and quizzes
10% -- response papers
60% -- essays
10% -- midterm
10% -- final
All assigned material must be thoroughly read before the first day of discussion, so you will be able to fully participate in all class activities. Failure to actively participate in class discussions will negatively impact your course grade.
Missing three or more classes will lower your grade accordingly and may cause you to fail the course.
Arriving late to class counts as a partial absence. If you enter after attendance has been taken, turn in a slip of paper with your name, date, and time entered.
One grade will be deducted for each day an assignment is late. Any absence is not an excuse.
All assignments must be handed in to complete the class. Failure to hand in all assignments will result in a failing course grade.
No makeup quizzes.
Also, if you miss class, it is your responsibility to complete the work before the next class.
According to the Writing Program, published annually by the Ball State University Department of English, "ALWAYS GIVE CREDIT IN YOUR TEXT TO THE SOURCE FROM WHICH INFORMATION, IDEAS, OR WORDING IS DRAWN. ALWAYS USE QUOTATION MARKS FOR WORDS, HOWEVER FEW OR MANY" (26).
Plagiarized work will receive no credit.
Refer to a handbook for information regarding MLA style.
Please turn the sound off all cell phones.
No texting during class. Texting in class will reduce participation credit.
Tentative Project Calendar Honors 226 Spring 2018
Week 1 -- 1/16-1/18
Course introduction; What is popular culture?
Unit 1: Production of Culture
Handout from Fredric Dannen’s Hit Men
Handout: Harrington and Bielby: “Constructing the Popular: Cultural Production and Consumption”
Storey: Ch 1 (1-5) -- ideology
Week 2 -- 1/23-1/25
No Logo (Intro + Ch 1-2)
The Persuaders (documentary)
Ellen Ruppel Shell: “The Outlet Gambit” (handout)
Week 3 – 1/30-2/1
No Logo (Ch 9)
Handout: from Fast Food Nation
Storey: Ch 4 (59-62 -- Marx, 66-71 – Frankfurt School, 74-84 -- Althusser)
Week 4 -- 2/6-2/8
Omnivore’s Dilemma (Intro, Ch 1-3)
Week 5 -- 2/13-2/15
Omnivore’s Dilemma (Ch 4-5)
Omnivore’s Dilemma (Ch 6-7)
Industrial food chain due.
Week 6 -- 2/22
No class Tuesday
Essay #1 due
Week 7 – 2/27-3/1
Storey – 5-13 – definitions of popular culture
Week 8 – 3/6-3/8
Unit 2: Cultural Studies:
The Daily Show (12/16/2010, 1/4/2011)
Week 9 -- 3/20-3/22
Social identity and popular culture:
The Sopranos: Season 1 Episode 1 “ The Sopranos”
America in Primetime: Episode 2: Man of the House (available on class web page)
Week 10 -- 3/27-3/29
The Sopranos: Season 1 Episode 5 “College”
America in Primetime: Episode 1: The Independent Woman House (available on class web page)
Storey: Ch 7 pages tba
Week 11 -- 4/3-4/5
Handout: Pamela Wilson’s “Mountains of Contradiction”
“A Radical Female Hero from Dystopia” by Scott and Dargis (available on class web page with other readings)
Week 12 -- 4/10-4/12
Essay #2 due
Unit 3: The Circuit of Culture
Handout: Lawrence Lessig’s “Piracy” (62-77) from Free Culture
Storey: Ch 10 (241-243 – Fiske – cultural field, 247-251 – de Certeau, 259-261 – ideology of mass culture)
Groups of readings will be posted on circuit of culture tab on class web page:
Week 13 -- 4/17-4/19
Group 2 & Group 3
Week 14 -- 4/24-4/26
Week 15 – 5/1
Final – 5/3
Thursday 8:00-10:30 in B107
This course critically examines selected examples of popular culture and popular art including fiction, non-fiction, music, and film. Emphasis is placed on how print and electronic media transmit and circulate popular culture. Pre-requisite: ENG 102
DCC Institutional Student Learning Outcomes
(2) Written Communication: Students will produce writing that is well organized, well developed, and clear.
(6) Critical Analysis and Reasoning: Students will formulate or evaluate arguments, problems or opinions and arrive at a solution, position or hypothesis based on carefully considered evidence.
Course Student Learning Outcomes
A. Define representative popular culture definitions and theories and explain the emphasis and assumptions of each.
B. Analyze various forms of popular culture. (2,6)
C. Investigate how popular culture is produced and consumed. (2,6)
D. Interpret how popular culture is represented and what social identities and/or ideologies are part of its representation. (2,6)
E. Analyze how popular culture is circulated and regulated. (2,6)
F. Explain how popular culture reflects and shapes social forces. (2,6)
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