Pop Culture and Communication

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This course explores ways that differing cultural forms (e.g. music, television, and film) communicate ideas about the world in which we live. These cultural forms are often dismissed as simply “mere entertainment” but this course assumes that these forms communicate meaning and values. The course will utilize a number of communication theories (such as cultural theory) by which students will learn to evaluate emerging meanings articulated by pop culture mediums. The course will explore various questions including: What is popular culture? What does it say about the meaning of life? What does it say about God? What does it say about Christianity? How does popular culture help Christians understand the world?