Youth, Media and Popular culture
UOIT | Dr. Carolyn Guertin
Faculty of Education
About EDUC 5199G
This graduate course is positioned at the intersection of education, popular culture, and youth experiences. It explores questions concerning the social construction of youth, parents, and teachers; knowledge and power in schools and in media; representations of social identities; and access to particular media and technologies within social spaces. Students use theoretical and research texts to critically analyze popular media, including films, digital media (including games and music), and television shows. Inquiry will explore the complex relationships between identity, performance, representation, consumption, power, knowledge, authority, and culture with the objective of with how schools can incorporate media and popular culture in ways that contribute to student success. University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Anijar, Karen. Teaching Toward the 24th Century: Star Trek as Social Curriculum (Pedagogy and Popular Culture). Online OUIT Library (click and login): http://bit.ly/1cXaMBD
Caso, Federica and Caitlin Hamilton. Popular Culture and World Politics: Theories, Methods, Pedagogies. Free Download: http://bit.ly/1FAlrMz
Kirkman, Robert and Tony Moore. The Walking Dead #1: Special Edition. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics. (May 2008). Comic book. (See Blackboard.)
Matt Ratto and Megan Boler, Eds. DIY Citizenship. Cambridge: MIT, 2014. Hc, Pb, or Kindle.
Additional readings may be assigned or recommended during the course.
Students should use APA style (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/).
Sept 13 | Week 1: Why Popular Culture?
Readings: William M. Reynolds, Ed. “Why Popular Culture Matters,” Popular Culture. (28 Jan 12): http://bit.ly/1B25znl
• Jill Walker Rettberg, “Filtered Reality,” Seeing Ourselves Through Technology, Berkshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. (Free for Kindle: http://amzn.to/1HkIopA)
Sept 20 | Week 2: Media Currency
Reading: David Wong and Danah Hendricksen, “If Ideas WERE Fashion.” Mirror Images. Diana Silberman-Keller et al, Eds. Pp. 179-198.
Sept 27 | Week 3: Media Spaces
Reading: Virginia Funes. “Advertising and Consumerism: A Space for Pedagogical Practice,” Mirror Images. Pp. 159-177.
Watch: Century of the Self (59 minutes): “Part I: Happiness Machines”
Oct 04 | Week 4: Geopolitical Imaginaries
Reading: Robert Saunders. “Imperial Imaginaries: Employing Science Fiction to Talk About Geopolitics.” Popular Culture and World Politics: Theories, Methods, and Pedagogies. Caso and Hamilton, Eds. Pp. 149-159.
Oct 11 | Week 5: Fan Culture
Readings: Henry Jenkins. “Fan Activism as Participatory Politics: The Case of the Harry Potter Alliance.” DIY Citizenship. Eds. Matt Ratto and Megan Boler. Cambridge: MIT, 2015. pp. 65-73.
Watch: Zombie Apocalypse (Discovery Channel, 43 minutes)
Recommended further reading: Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. The Walking Dead #1: Special Edition. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics. (May 2008). Comic book.
Oct 18 | Week 6: The Social Life of Culture
Karen Anijar. Teaching Toward the 24th Century: Star Trek as Social Curriculum (Pedagogy and Popular Culture). New York: Falmer Press, 2003. Access through library collection: http://books1.scholarsportal.info.uproxy.library.dc-uoit.ca/viewdoc.html?id=/ebooks/ebooks2/taylorandfrancis/2013-03-10/1/9780203011300
Reading: CHAPTER 4 Klingon as Curriculum: Militias, Minstrel Shows, & Other Language Games; CHAPTER 5 Resistance Is Futile: You Will Be Assimilated into the Predatory Jungle (Pp 142-190)
Oct 25 | Week 7: Social Justice and Hip-Hop
Reading: Emery Petchauer, “Starting With Style: Toward a Second Wave of Hip-Hop Education Research and Practice,” Urban Education 2015, Vol. 50(1), pp. 78–105.
Andrew Marantz, “Kanye West For President”, The New Yorker. (31 Aug 15):
Nov 01 | Week 8: Social Justice and DIY Citizenship
Readings: Mandy Rose. “Making Publics: Documentary as Do-it-with-Others Citizenship.” DIY Citizenship. Pp. 201-212.
• Deborah A. Fields. “DIY Media Creation.” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 58(1), (Sept 2014). Pp 19-24.
Nov 08 | Week 9: Remix Culture
Reading: Carolyn Guertin, “From Karaoke Culture to Vernacular Video,” Digital Prohibition:
Piracy and Authorship in New Media Art. Pp. 119-140
Watch: Everything is a Remix (2011), Parts 1-3 (10 minutes or less per episode):
Nov 15 | Week 10: Mirrors (choose ONE reading)
• Suzanne de Castell. “Mirror Images: Avatar Aesthetics & Self-Representation in Digital Games.” DIY Citizenship. Pp. 213-221.
• Alison Happel-Parkins and Jennifer Esposito. “Using Popular Culture Texts in the Classroom to Interrogate Issues of Gender Transgression Related Bullying.” Educational Studies 51(1) (2015). Pp. 3–16.
Nov 22 | Week 11: Serious Play
Reading: Kurt Squire. “Critical Education in an Interactive Age,” Mirror Images. Pp. 105-123.
Nov 29 | Week 12: Play
Reading: Saara Särmä. “Collage: An Art-inspired Methodology for Studying Laughter in World Politics.” Caso and Hamilton, Eds. pp. 110-119.