Have you ever wondered…
- What exactly is popular culture and how does it influence my personal values?
- Do gender, class, race or sexuality affect who gets to make popular culture, or how representation works to frame our experiences?
- How do mass media and social media influence society’s understandings of things like rap music or schizophrenia or beauty?
Then you should consider registering for CAP’s Culture & Media stream!
Culture permeates much of what we do, how we do it, and how we understand it. From five distinct angles, this stream explores issues of culture in the context of modern society. You will be introduced to the different intellectual perspectives associated with the disciplines of Film, Journalism, Music, and English, as well as The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice,– and you will be challenged to draw connections across and within these discourses.
Cultural studies, as an area of academic and popular discourse, examines and questions commonly held definitions of art, beauty, power, inclusion and exclusion, ethics, markets, power exchange, and more. The medium by which messages are delivered are as important to our understanding of culture as the content of the messages themselves. By exploring these issues through five interrelated courses, students will gain an introduction to academic study in the Humanities, the Social Science, and the Performing Arts.
This stream may be of particular interest to students who plan on majoring in English, Sociology, or Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice studies.