Cultural Studies Course) Culture in Historical Perspective
Course Textbook: O?Brien, Susie and Szeman, Imre. Popular Culture: A User?s Guide: Second Edition. Toronto: Nelson, 2010
**Using the concepts of discourse, representation or ideology (use at least 2), as well as any other related or relevant concepts or terms as found in the glossary of the textbook analyze one of the following:
1) The front page of a newspaper
2) A comparison of internet coverage from CNN, BBC and CBC of a single 3) International event
4) One episode of a TV show
5) The lyrics and music of a pop song ? here reference must be made to Adorno and Horkheimer?s notion of the culture industry, though you may disagree with their argument.
6) An evening news program
In each instance the object you have chosen must be considered from as many different angles as are appropriate within the page range. If you are considering a visual medium, for example, then you will want to take into account not only the meaning of what is said or portrayed, but also how it is portrayed.
Papers are to be a minimum of 1000 words long, double spaced with 12 point font and 1 inch margins. Name and title are to appear at the top of the first page of your essay ? do not use cover pages.
NOTE: The goal of the assignment is to see how well you work with the concepts of the course, in particular representation or ideology or discourse. This means that part of your assignment will involve a discussion of the significance of these concepts themselves. One strategy in writing the assignment would be to assume that the person you are writing to has no idea what the terms mean, you will have to make clear to them the meaning of the terms in the context of cultural studies. The same point would apply if you were to use other concepts from the glossary. You may also engage critically with the concepts themselves, though this is not necessary.
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