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GOVT1661: Politics and Popular Culture

We can understand contemporary debates in politics and international relations by studying popular culture. Indeed, these debates sometimes even unfold in popular culture itself. After introducing major theories and definitions, the unit will apply them in multifaceted ways to popular culture: from memes to science fiction, and from podcasts to music.

Code GOVT1661
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand several conceptual and empirical approaches to politics and popular culture, including their areas of disagreement
  • LO2. use theoretically grounded concepts and frameworks to analyse specific issues in politics and popular culture
  • LO3. demonstrate familiarity with a broad range of current and classic academic literature on politics and popular culture, including the ability to critically assess scholarly research and understand broadly the strengths and weaknesses of various methods of analysis
  • LO4. connect scholarly knowledge to current events in a specific and substantive way
  • LO5. demonstrate expertise in a specific politics and popular culture topic through writing a review essay focused on existing scholarly understanding of that topic.