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/).
June 30 | Week 1: Lesson 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)
July 2 | Week 1: Lesson 2: Media Currency (Asynchronous)
Reading: David Wong and Danah Hendricksen, “If Ideas WERE Fashion.” Mirror Images. Diana Silberman-Keller et al, Eds. Pp. 179-198.
Watch: a school-themed episode of The Simpsons. Choose your episode here:
July 7 | Week 2: Lesson 1: Media Spaces
Reading: Virginia Funes. “Advertising and Consumerism: A Space for Pedagogical Practice,” Mirror Images. Pp. 159-177.
July 9 | Week 2: Lesson 2: Media Spaces (Asynchronous)
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.
July 14 | Week 3: Lesson 1: Bricoleurs and Fans
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.
• Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. The Walking Dead #1: Special Edition. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics. (May 2008). Comic book.
July 16 | Week 3: Lesson 2: Bricoleurs and Fans (choose ONE reading; asynchronous)
• Allison S. Henward, and Laurie MacGillivray. “Bricoleurs in preschool: girls poaching horror media and gendered discourses.” Gender and Education. Vol 26. Issue #7 (Nov 2014): Pp. 726-742.
• 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.
July 21 | Week 4: 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; and CHAPTER 6 On Top of Old Mount Olympus, All Covered with Trek, or Mama, Don’t Let Your Trekker Grow Up to Be Fascist. (Pp 142-230)
July 28 | Week 5: Lesson 1: 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.
July 30 | Week 5: Lesson 2: Social Justice and DIY Citizenship (Asynchronous)
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.
Aug 4 | Week 6: Lesson 1: Mirrors (choose ONE reading)
• Suzanne de Castell. “Mirror Images: Avatar Aesthetics & Self-Representation in Digital Games.” DIY Citizenship. Pp. 213-221.
• Mark A. McCutcheon, “Downloading Doppelgängers: New media anxieties and transnational ironies in Battlestar Galactica.” Science Fiction Film & Television, Vol 2, Issue 1, (Spring 09).
Aug 6 | Week 6: Lesson 2: Serious Play (Asynchronous)
Reading: Kurt Squire. “Critical Education in an Interactive Age,” Mirror Images. Pp. 105-123.
Aug 11 | Week 7: Play
Reading: Saara Särmä. “Collage: An Art-inspired Methodology for Studying Laughter in World Politics.” Caso and Hamilton, Eds. pp. 110-119.