Class Note for SOC 317 with Professor Hedegard at UA
Class Note for SOC 317 with Professor Hedegard at UA
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Sociology 317 Sociology of Popular Culture Pre Session 2009 Instructor Danielle Hedegard Of ce Hours By email only Email hedegarduarizonaedu Course Website on 121 Course Description This course explores popular culture 7 popular material goods television and movies music dance art festivals holidays etc 7 from a sociological perspective What this means is that we will examine themes of race class gender commodi cation globalization subculture groups identity resistance and domination among others through popular culture The class will be framed around the theoretical traditions of con ict theory and symbolic interactionism which will provide unity to the diverse topics and subjects we discuss Students will analyze a popular culture artifact and event of their choice and will learn to apply a sociological framework to viewing movies TV music and other forms of culture Course Objectives Students will be familiar with the basic concepts of popular culture Students will be able to read sociological articles and chapters and pick out the main arguments Students will be able to apply sociological theory to a wide range of popular culture practices and objects Students will develop in depth knowledge of one physical location on popular culture and one material object of popular culture by conducting two eld projects Students will develop their ability to communicate these ideas clearly in written format Required Texts l Griswold Wendy 2004 Cultures and Societies in a Changing World Thousand Oaks Pine Forge 2 Additional readings will be available on the course 121 web site 3 There are several documentaries assigned for this class The links to the videos are on the front page of the course 121 site THESE ARE REQUIRED VIEWING FOR THE COURSE There WILL be questions about these documentaries on the exams Course Requirements 1 Exam There will be one exam during the course The exam will consist of short answeressay questions It will be closedbook and closed notes 2 Participation Active participation by all class members is key for a successful classroom experience and the learning process Therefore it is essential to read the assigned material prior to class in order to come prepared for discussion Accordingly several short group assignments on the readings andor lms will be administered in class periodically through out the course These WILL be graded N0 make up will be administered for these activities 3 Article Assignment Each student will be responsible for reviewing one of the class readings Further details for this assignment are on a separate handout at the end of the syllabus 4 Video Presentation Each student will watch a documentary on an aspect of popular culture and provide a 1020 minute presentation to the class The documentaries are listed on the syllabus and are available for online viewing on the course d2l web site Further details for this assignment are on a separate handout at the end of the syllabus 5 Field Activi You will complete your own sociological analysis of a popular culture ritual or practice of your choice You will present your nding to the class at the end of the course Further details are on a separate handout at the end of the syllabus Grading Participationinclass activities 20pts Article Assignment Exam Video Presentation Field Assignment TOTAL Course Policies 1 Late work will not be accepted 2 Make up will not be allowed for any activities 3 Exams will ONLY be administered on the scheduled date 4 Exceptions will only be made in the case of a DOCUMENTED illness or family emergency 5 No extra credit will be assigned to make up for missed work Do not ask me for extra credit 15 2007180ptsA 30pts 15 1797160pts B 50pts 25 159 7140 pts C 50pts 25 1397120pts D 50pts 25 lt 120 E 200pts 100 Students with Disabilities If you determine that formal disabilityrelated accommodations are necessary it is very important that you be registered with Disability Resources 6213268 drca1izonaedu and notify me of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations We can then plan how best to coordinate your accommodations If you require extra time to take exams I will con gure d2l for your needs Academic Integrity Integrity and ethical behavior are expected of every student in all academic work This Academic Integrity principle stands for honesty in all class work and ethical conduct in all labs and clinical assignments If you are unfamiliar with the code please visit the following University website for an extended de nition httpdoswebarizonaeduuapoliciescailhtml Mon MAY 19 Introduction and course overview Video Class Dismissed Representations of class race and gender in television shows Tues MAY 20 What are culture and popular culture Readings l Griswold Wendy 2004 Cultural Meaning in Cultures and Societies in a Changing World Thousand Oaks Pine Forge p 2152 2 Gotham Kevin 2007 The Greatest Free Show on Earth in Authentic New Orleans Tourism Culture andRace in the Big Easy New York New York University Press pp 169196 Video By Invitation Only Mardi Gras Wed MAY 21 Symbolic Interactionism Readings l Griswold Wendy 2004 Culture as a Social Creation in Cultures and Societies in a Changing World Thousand Oaks Pine Forge p 52 77 2 Becker Howard S 1982 Art Worlds U California Press excerpt in Spillman Lyn ed 2002 Cultural Sociology Malden MA Blackwell p 17888 3 Miner H 2006 Body Ritual among the Nacirema in Sociology Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life David Newman ed Thousand Oaks Pine Forge p 812 4 Becker Howard 1953 Becoming a Marihuana User American Journal ofSociology 59 3 235242 Video Rize PRESENTER Thurs MAY 22 Con ict Theory Readings 2 Mantsios Gregory 2006 Making Class Invisible in Sociology Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life David Newman ed Thousand Oaks Pine Forge 272278 2 Adomo Theodor and Max Horkheimer 1944 The Culture Industry Enlightenment as Mass Deception in The Consumer Society Reader Schor and Holt eds pp 319 3 Binder Amy 1993 Constructing Racial Rhetoric Media Depictions of Harm in Heavy Metal and Rap Music inAmerican Sociological Review 58 6 753767 4 Dahms Harry The Matrix Trilogy as a Critical Theory of Alienation httpwebutkeduhdahmsEmergencepdf Video Mickey Mouse Monopoly PRESENTER Fri MAY 23 Mass Production Readings 1 G1iswold Wendy 2004 The Production Distribution and Reception of Culture in Cultures and Societies in a Changing World Thousand Oaks Pine Forge 78106 2 Ritzer George 2006 The McDonald s System in Readings for Sociology Garth Massey ed New York Norton 399405 3 Peterson Richard Why 1955 Explaining the Advent of Rock Music excerpted in Spillman Lyn ed 2002 Cultural Sociology Malden MA Blackwell 4 Storey John 1996 Music Cultural Studies and the Stuaj of Popular Culture Athens University of Georgia Press 110129 Video The Merchants ofCool selling youth culture PRESENTER Video The Cola Conquest PRESENTER Mon MAY 26 N0 CLASS Holiday Tues MAY 27 Reception Readings 1 Kalof Linda 1993 Dilemmas of Femininity Gender and the Social Construction of Sexual Imagery Sociological Quarterly 34 4 639 651 2 Gilroy Paul Could You Be Loved Bob Marley AntiPolitics and Universal Sufferation Critical Quarterly 47 12 226245 3 Martin Fran 2003 Fashion in Interpreting Everyday Culture New York Oxford University Press Video Fashion and Clothing history and meaning ofclothing PRESENTER Wed MAY 28 Globalization Readings 1 Crane Diana 2002 Culture and Globalization in Crane Diana Nobuko Kawashima and Ken ichi Kawasaki Eds Global Culture Media Arts Policy and Globalization New York Routledge 286 2 Cowen Tyler 2002 Trade Between Cultures in Creative Destruction Princeton Princeton University Press pp 118 3 Legrain Philippe 2003 Cultural Globalization Is Not Americanization Chronicle oingher Education 4935 B7 4 Watson James 2006 McDonald s in Hong Kong Consumerism Dietary Change and the Rise of a Children s Culture inReadings for Sociology Garth Massey ed New York Norton 152163 Thurs MAY 29 Globalization Readings 1 Savishinsky Neil 1994 Transnational Popular Culture and the Global Spread of Jamaican Rastafarianism Movemen in The New West Indies Guide 68 34 25981 2 Love Robert 2007 Fear onoga Utne Reader at httpwwwutnecom20070301Fearonogaaspx 3 Condry Ian 2006 Hip Hop Japan Rap and the Paths ofCultural Globalization Durham Duke University Press Chapter 3 Fri MAY 30 Class Readings 1 Eitzen Stanley 2006 The Path to Success Myth and Reality FAIR AND FOUL Beyond the Myths andParadoxes ofSport Lanham Rowman amp Little eld 2 Wacquant Loic 2006 The Street and the Ring in Boay and Soul pp 1333 3 Bryson Bethany 1996 Anything But Heavy Metal Symbolic Exclusion and Musical Dislikes American Sociological Review 61 8 84899 Video Born Rich PRESENTER Mon JUN2 No Class Work on your eld assignment Tues JUN3 Race 1 Rodman Gilbert 2006 Race and Other Four Letter Words Eminem and the Cultural Politics of Authenticity Popular Communication 42 95121 2 Grazian David 2003 Blues in Black and White in Blue Chicago The SearchforAuthenticity in Urban Blues Clubs Chicago University of Chicago Press pp 3359 3 Rivera Angel G Quintero 2007 Migration Ethnicity and Interactions between the United States and Hispanic Caribbean Popular Culture in Latin American Perspectives 34 1 8393 Video Ethnic Notions racism in US television PRESENTER Video Reel BadArabs PRESENTER Wed JUN4 More Presentations Video In Whose Honor Native Americans as Mascots PRESENTER Video Game Over Gender Race and Violence in Video Games PRESENTER Video Barbie Nation An Unauthorized Tour marketing of femininity PRESENTER Video Tough Guise Violence Media and the Crisis in Masculinity PRESENTER Video Killing Us Softly women in advertising PRESENTER Thurs JUNS Gender l Beller Jonathan Fight Club s Utopian Dick Pop Matters at httpwwwpopmatterscom lm ghtclubhtml Video Playing Unfair women in sports PRESENTER Video Dreamworlds 3 PRESENTER Fri JUN6 Authenticity 1 Lu Shun and Gary Alan Fine 1995 The Presentation of Ethnic Authenticity Chinese Food as a Social Accomplishment The Sociological Quarterly 36 3 535553 2 GoldsteinGidoni Ofra 2000 The Production of Tradition and Culture in the Japanese Wedding Enterprise Ethnos 65 1 3355 3 Peterson Richard 1999 Creating CountryMusic Fabricating Authenticity Chicago University of Chicago Press Introduction and chapter 6 Sat JUN7 Exam SOC 317 Sociology ofPopular Culture ARTICLE REVIEW GUIDELINES 30 points total 1 Provide a onepage summary of the article outlining its key points Make sure to explain what the ARGUMENT of the article is 10 points 2 Do you agree with the article s argument or perspective Why or why not One paragraph 5 points 3 What were 2 things in the article you found particularly interesting Why One paragraph 10 points 4 What are 2 questions related to the reading that you have for the class 5 points Post your article review under the 39discussion39 section on 121 You can post it early but it must be posted by the day BEFORE it is assigned so that your fellow students can review it SOC 317 Sociology ofPopular Culture FIELD ASSIGNMENT GUIDELINES TIHS PAPER IS DUE ON THE DAY LISTED ON THE SYLLABUS LATE PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED 1 Choose a quotsitequot of popular culture which interests you Your quotsitequot should be a physical place of social interaction like a sporting event a bar a town meeting a particular store in a shopping mall a county fair etc If you have trouble nding a site or are unsure about your site please email me to confer 2 Prepare a 152 page ethnographic description of the site This description should be similar in style and content to the description of the Balinese Cockfight by Geertz whichI have placed a link to on 121 in the intro section under contents It should describe what individuals and groups are in the site what they are doing how they are or are not interacting what if anything is the central focus of the siteactivity what objects or rituals are most important in the site and how can you tell this by observing the site and where do you t into the site 3 Prepare a half page re ection on how you felt in the site and what you think of the cultural activitysite 4 Prepare a 2 page sociological analysis of the site and be prepared to discuss your work in class First decide which of the following are MOST important issues in the site race class gender consumption globalization authenticity or any other concept we read about in class CHOOSE ONLY 2 TO DISCUUS IN THE PAPER Analyze the site with these two theories or concepts You must cite at least 2 of the course readings in this section and use them to explain or analyze your site 5 Format this paper in 12point double spaced lines Times New Roman font It should be AT LEAST 4 pages long Please submit in doc format NOT docX 6 Submit a copy of your nal paper by the due date listed on the syllabus Submit it to the Field assignment 1 folder in the Dropbox section of 121 LATE PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED SOC 317 Sociology of Popular Culture VDEO PRESENTATION GUIDELINES AND GRADING RUBRIC YOU MUST GIVE ME THIS SHEET JUST BEFORE YOU DO YOUR PRESENTATION SO THAT I CAN GRADE YOU NAME VIDEO TITLE Write a 152 page paper on your video which discussesanswers the 5 questions listed in the rubric This should be 12 point font doublespaced 1 inch margins In addition to turning in the paper to me you will present this information to the class in a 1020 minute presentation You should also include up to 15 minutes of video which supports your presentation for the class to watch IN ADDITION TO the 1020 minutes of your spoken presentation To do this you can use the class computer Make sure you know how far into the film the section you want to show begins and write down the minute it starts so that you can find it easily during your presentation 0 points 7 no description 3 points 7 Provided 5 points 7 covered all provided or extremely some information but relevant points and superficial information not complete or all information was correct provided correct information Provide a summary of the video outlining its key points What were 2 things in the video you found particularly interesting Why Do you agree with the videos argument or perspective Why or why not What does this tell us about popular culture What is the sociological relevance of the video TOTAL
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