20th-Century Popular Culture and American History

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Popular Culture

Spring 2021

Taught By: Marilyn Cohen

Section: A

CRN: 2856

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 undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

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: 3:31am 8/12/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1001

Date Range: 1/25/2021 - 5/10/2021