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Popular Culture Studies


Fall 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021 – December 17, 2021

Sorela Schultz

Miami Country Day School, emerita





Popular culture is familiar and omnipresent, but not simple; it needs to be studied and understood. Students enrolled in this class study popular culture artifacts and events not as ends in themselves, but as means of examining the underlying cultural mindset which those artifacts and events both reflect and mold. The greater the popularity of an artifact or event, the more likely it is to be reflective of our deep-seated beliefs and values. Dr. Seuss, Superman, Barbie dolls, The Walking Dead, shopping, cars, cell phones…what hidden messages do they carry, and what do they teach us about ourselves? The instructor of this class uses a variety of materials and activities to guide and support students in their quest for meaning. Students are expected to engage thoughtfully with the course materials, the teacher, and the other students.


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