Popular Culture

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Popular Culture

Fall 2020

Taught By: Marilyn Cohen

Section: A

CRN: 8902

Credits: 3

This course examines 20th-century American popular culture, visual and material, in relation to American history to understand how it reinforces socio-political ideologies in everyday life in the United States. We look at Disney, Barbie dolls, cars, TV, and the West, among other topics, exploring such common and stereotypical concepts as “The American Dream” in connection to democracy and capitalism. We revisit the debate between high and low art. Drawing on cultural studies, students have weekly reading assignments and are expected to participate ACTIVELY in discussions centered on the readings. Additionally, students make presentations on specific topics and write papers on subjects they select. Our goal is to understand the significance of even the most minor popular objects, such as salt and pepper shakers, as they speak to themes of identity, gender, nationalism, racism and consumerism.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: Parsons Dec Arts Cooper Hewitt (PD)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:33am 5/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/14/2020