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First-Year Research Seminar: Popular Religion and Popular Culture in North America

Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number FIRST-UG722
Section 001
Instructor Gregory Erickson
Days Tue,Thu
Time 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement

Notes/Restrictions

Please note that FIRST-UG 722 and FIRST-UG 739 are scheduled on the same day and time and periodically will meet together to discuss common themes on the topic of culture and ideology in the 20th century.

Description

American religion, historian Nathan Hatch writes, has “less to do with the specifics of polity and governance and more with the incarnation of the church into popular culture.” Although Hatch was writing about the 19th century, this complex relationship between the popular and the liturgical continues to shape and define America today. In this course, we will study and write about ways in which film, television, advertising, music, sports, politics, and the news media present, negotiate, and affect religious issues, and, conversely, how religion changes popular culture. We will “read” primary texts of popular religion and popular culture, such as Billy Graham sermons, Mormon pageants, Madonna videos, baseball and video games, as well as theoretical works by Jean Baudrillard, Elaine Graham, Peter Williams, Kate McCarthy, Eric Mazur, Susan Mizruchi, Richard Santana and Gregory Erickson. Students will be encouraged to explore topics of their own interest, and assignments will include reaction papers, various essay forms, and individual research projects.

Syllabus

FIRST-UG722

Course Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

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