Teaching Popular Culture

thematrixwallpaper1024This past semester (Fall 2014), I taught a course called Popular Cultures 170 (syllabus). We overviewed topics ranging from television shows, movies, gender representation, sexuality, corporate power, and so on. Students created their own websites exploring various topics. Some of the topics students covered included: tattoo television shows, Miley Cyrus, 50 Cent, MMA, pirating music, Beyonce, Barbie, and the NFL and domestic violence. We also had an awesome lineup of guest speakers. Their topics included: “Comics, Cons, and Cosplay,” transgender representation in the media, hop hop, Mad Men, vampires, and BDSM representations and realities. Next semester, I will be teaching a similar class called the Social Impact of Mass Media.