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WELCOME TO POP GOES THE WORLD!

UNPACKING POPULAR CULTURE (IDC4O/4U)


What is this course about?  Quite simply, it is about popular culture.  With the help of a few pop culture thinkers, we will try to better understand what makes things popular, what popular culture is, and why it is so important. We will be exploring all areas of pop culture - music, movies, television, celebrities, books and magazines, social media, trends, fads, and fashion - through discussions, debates, field trips, surveys, interviews, reaching, and internet research.  Be prepared to make videos and podcasts, discuss current trends and fashions, review television, film, and music, and report on present and future fads and patterns in society.  


 

As an interdisciplinary course, this course enables students to understand and demonstrate basic concepts in cultural studies, media studies, and sociology.  Through individual and collaborative inquiry and research, students will develop information and literacy skills in analyzing, selecting, evaluating and communicating information.  


 

COURSE OUTLINE 2016-2017

 



 


POPcasts (student podcasts)

click the icon below to listen to the podcast 

 

#1 Why Some Things Go Viral in Pop Culture

(Berger's "Contagious" Theory vs. Gladwell's "Tipping Point" Theory)

 



 

UNITS

 

 

Introducing Pop Culture

 

 



Unpacking Pop Culture

 

 



ISU - Pop Culture Time Capsule

Updated!  Assignment Now Available!

 

 



COURSE ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

 

WEIGHTING ACCORDING TO ACHIEVEMENT CHART CATEGORIES: 

Knowledge/Understanding (K/U)

25

%

Thinking/Inquiry (T/I)

25

%

Communication (C)

30

%

Application (A)

20

%



30% Final Evaluations

EVALUATION TASKS 

ACHIEVEMENT CHART FOCUS 

WEIGHTING (%) 

Pop Culture Journal/Reflections (10%)

K/U, T/I, C, A

20%, 30%, 30%, 20%

Pop Culture Time Capsule (15%)

K/U, T/I, C, A

25%, 25%, 25%, 25%

Portfolio (5%)

K/U, T/I, C, A

25%, 25%, 25%, 25%

 

70% Course Work

UNIT SEQUENCE

TIMING

EVALUATION TASKS

ACHIEVEMENT CHART FOCUS

DUE DATE

Introducing Pop Culture (defining culture and pop culture, the pop culture machine, etc.)

30

Tipping Point Graphic

K/U, T/I, C, A

September

Pop Culture Definitions Assignment

K/U, T/I, C, A

September

Pop Culture Machine presentation

K/U, T/I, C, A

September-October

Pop Culture Creative Piece

K/U, T/I, C, A

September-October

Pop Culture Debate(s)

K/U, T/I, C, A

September-October

Pop Culture Collaborative Podcast

K/U, T/I, C, A

October

Unpacking Culture (representation, appreciation, and identity)

30

Appreciation Creative Piece

K/U, T/I, C, A

October

Representation Debate(s)

K/U, T/I, C, A

October

Representation Collaborative Podcast

K/U, T/I, C, A

October-November

Identity Presentation

K/U, T/I, C, A

November

Identity Podcast

K/U, T/I, C, A

November

Predicting the Future (measuring trends, fads, and patterns)

20

Trend Definition Assignment

K/U, T/I/, C, A

November-December

Trend Research Project

K/U, T/I, C, A

November-December

Trend Podcast

K/U, T/I, C, A

November-December

ISU –Culture Time Capsule

20

Pop Culture Journal/Reflection

K/U, T/I, C, A

September-January

Time Capsule Contribution/Presentation

K/U, T/I, C, A

January

 

 

 


 

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