This course explores popular culture and its impact on the world around us. Popular culture influences society, and society influences popular culture, creating a feedback loop between them. We will critically analyze this feedback loop in this course through social, historical, and theoretical approaches to popular culture as well as the four general education lenses: history, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Each of these four perspectives allows us to better understand the construction of popular culture and its interrelation with society. From this enhanced understanding, you will be equipped to draw connections between popular culture and your personal and professional lives, helping you to become a better-informed citizen who can make a positive difference in the world.
Popular culture has a pervading influence into many aspects of society, which requires diverse knowledge and perspectives to investigate and change. The purpose of this project is to examine a popular-culture artifact and how it impacts individuals and society through the development of a critical analysis portfolio and a presentation in which you will demonstrate your ability to think critically, investigate, and communicate clearly. These skills are often necessary to achieve personal and professional goals across many disciplines.
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:
- Analyze the various components of popular culture for investigating their influence on one’s discipline of study or chosen profession
- Explain how interdependent influences impact the social, historical, and theoretical approaches to popular culture by employing appropriate research strategies
- Recommend strategies for utilizing the critical analysis of popular culture to develop one’s personal and professional identity
- Articulate informed viewpoints on how popular culture shapes one’s framework of perception using effective communication skills
- Assess the impact of popular culture on cultural and social attitudes, choices, and behaviors through the incorporation of diverse perspectives and viewpoints informed by relevant literature
For the second part of this project, you will develop a multimedia presentation in which you will have a chance to reflect on what you have learned about your artifact, yourself, and society through analyzing its impact on popular culture through the four general education lenses. You will also be able to apply your communication skills and integrate multimedia elements to communicate your message to an audience.
In developing this presentation, you will be able to use your analyses from the first part of this project as a starting point. The reflective nature of this activity prompts you to dig deeper, though, and consider the implications posed by the critical analysis of your artifact through the four lenses. How does studying popular culture affect how you understand yourself as well as the world around you? You’ll also be challenged to incorporate a dash of creativity to enhance your message.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
Multimedia Presentation: For the second part of the project, you will create a multimedia presentation that incorporates audio narration and visuals to articulate how critically analyzing your popular culture artifact through the four general education lenses impacts your own framework of perception and ability to constructively engage in society.
This section of your presentation examines how your artifact embodies the mediated nature of popular culture as well as your artifact’s impact on cultural and social attitudes, choices, and behaviors.
1. Explain the impact of popular culture on your artifact. Use specific examples and evidence from research to support your explanation.
2. Explain the impact of your artifact on popular culture. Use specific examples and evidence from research to support your explanation.
3. Explain the impact of cultural and social attitudes, choices, and behaviors on your artifact. Use specific examples and evidence from research to support your explanation.
4. Explain the impact of your artifact on society. In your explanation, consider cultural and social attitudes, choices, and behaviors. Use specific examples and evidence from research to support your explanation.
This section of your presentation explores how studying popular culture influences your individual framework of perception with respect to your discipline of study or profession.
1. How has critically analyzing your popular-culture artifact informed your individual framework of perception? Consider how it has altered the way you perceive the world.
2. How can critically analyzing popular culture influence your field of study or profession? How can popular culture inform your understanding of the next big topic of study in your field or profession in the next five to ten years?
This section of your presentation explores how studying popular culture enhances your ability to engage constructively in society.
1. How does critically analyzing popular culture add value to how you interact with people and popular culture artifacts? Supplement your reasoning with examples.
2. Recommend strategies for using this kind of critical analysis for meeting your personal and professional goals. What might this look like in your everyday life? Consider how popular culture can be used to address the day-to-day responsibilities or questions faced by practitioners in your field or discipline.
3. Overall, how does your enhanced framework of perception benefit society? For example, how can studying popular culture make you a better 3 citizen?
Throughout your presentation, you will be assessed on your ability to use effective communication skills to deliver your message to your audience.
1. Construct your presentation in a way that ensures it is logically organized in order to convey your message to your audience.
2. Provide supporting evidence in your presentation to articulate the importance of the critical analysis of popular culture.
3. Select multimedia elements to logically flow with your presentation to articulate the importance of the critical analysis of popular culture.
A. Did you emphasize key ideas in your audio elements?
B. Do your multimedia elements logically flow with the accompanying presentation?
Milestone Three: Popular Culture, You, and Society
In Module Five, you will reflect on content that will inform your final multimedia presentation, due in Module Seven. This includes the mediated nature of popular culture and its impact on one’s individual framework of perception, one’s discipline of study, and society in general. This milestone will be submitted as a presentation draft that includes speaker’s notes. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone Three Rubric.
Final Project Part Two Submission: Multimedia Presentation
In Module Seven, you will submit the second part of your final project. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final product. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This submission will be graded with the Final Project Part Two Rubric.
Final Project Part Two Rubric
Guidelines for Submission:
Your multimedia presentation should be approximately 10–12 slides. You are required to include a combination of text, visuals, and sound in order to support your work. If you require alternative accommodations for completing this assignment, reach out to your instructor directly for more information.
You are required to include a combination of text and visuals in order to support your PowerPoint presentation. Use the Check File Compatibility With Earlier Versions and Are You Having Video or Audio Playback Issues? resources to help you check compatibility between versions of Office. Also, follow the instructions on the Microsoft Support page to compress your presentation as a zipped file. Upload the zipped file when submitting this assignment. Reducing the size of the PowerPoint presentation file by compressing it makes it easier for your instructor to download and grade.