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Philip J Heldrich
TIAS 520
Tacoma Campus

Critical Analyses of Foundational Texts

Focuses on critical reading of selected great books. Works chosen vary, depending on the expertise of the instructor. Open to undergraduates with permission.

Class description

This graduate level class examines foundational texts in the interdisciplinary field of popular culture studies. Particular focus will be drawn to questions concerning the nature, production, politics, and aesthetics of "culture" and the postmodern influence on contemporary cultural production. Students will explore a variety of influential and field-shaping approaches and methodologies used to study the myriad manifestations of popular culture in their multiplicity of forms. Attention will also be given to cultural products as sites of negotiation concerning nationality, identity, class, gender, race and/or other ideological and (sub)cultural interests.

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Class assignments and grading

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Philip J Heldrich
Date: 06/18/2008