ENGL 198T Senior Seminar in English
Reality TV, music sports, summer blockbuster movies, iTunes, YouTube, fanzines, ezines, body art, shopping, MySpace, Facebook, Star Trekkers—all of these come under the heading of Pop Culture. And they all have an enormous influence on how we think about ourselves, what we know about the world, and where we find our place in it. By examining various aspects of popular culture from different analytical approaches, students will develop and practice advanced-level critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. Students will engage in extensive research projects focused on academic inquiry: they will evaluate, analyze, and interpret a variety of primary and secondary sources in order to enter into scholarly conversations; integrate primary and secondary sources into their analysis. The final paper will go through a series of revisions and peer reviews.