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SOCI220 - American Popular Culture

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI220 Course ID: 3694 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a contemporary study of popular culture in America – its development and characteristics, its role in shaping our individual lives and key social institutions; and its broad effects on our globalizing world. The course is designed around the interdisciplinary nature of cultural studies, and students will learn how to use key concepts and theories to examine popular culture from a number of different fields including Sociology, Anthropology, Communications, History, Cultural Studies, English, Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, and American Studies. Students will develop the skills to analyze the reciprocal relationship between culture and key stratification factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, region and sexuality. The course will cover many facets of popular culture from all forms of media, to sports, fashion, and the influence of technology. Students will learn to situate popular culture within its social, historical, political, and economic contexts and their personal lives.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students completing this course will:
CO1: Compare and contrast culture, popular, high culture, elite culture, mass culture, low culture, subculture and counterculture.
CO2: Describe examples of the different types of norms operative in popular culture, and how these are related to the process of social control.
CO3: Identify the research methods used to create knowledge about popular culture.
CO4: Apply key cultural theories and analytical dimensions for examining popular culture.
CO5: Explain how various elements of popular culture inform or reflect our attitudes, behavior, and society and why the popular culture becomes popular.
CO6: Illustrate diversity in popular culture and concepts of multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism with reference to key stratifying factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, region and sexuality.
CO7: Analyze culture within individual, social, historical, political, economic, and global contexts.
CO8: Describe the cultural and social significance of popular culture in shaping the larger contemporary American society.
CO9: Examine the roles of print media, art, music, radio, television, motion picture, the Internet, sports, fashion, and technology in the development of American popular culture.


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Discussions is required some weeks of class. Initial Discussion posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Discussions tab in our classroom.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:
Extra credit is not offered in this course.

All course materials are free and provided in our Library. Link to our eReserve page in the Library and select this course to access the materials list for this course with clickable links for each of the materials.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.