Catalogue 2016 - 2017

SO 312 Sociology of Popular Culture


3 cr.


SO 101 and any 200-level SO course, and junior standing.

Course Description

This course will examine the social evolution of key media, entertainment, and technological influences of the past half-century, including the film and music industries. Taking an interdisciplinary approach theoretically, students will be asked to critically examine the marketing of popular culture in the form of mass media and computer technology and its effect on gender, race/ethnicity, social economic statuses, and age. Additionally, this course will look at how entertainment has an effect on and has been affected by all social institutions, including family, economics, politics, government, law, and religion.