Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Political Science

Academics

Political Science 398. Experimental Courses

Popular Culture and International Politics

Popular culture is not just a staple of American life. It is a global phenomenon that distributes a vast array of norms, values, identities, beliefs, and other eminently political issues to billions, on a daily basis. Traditionally, however, political science has not given popular culture much thought. This class challenges that attitude. In introducing students to theories of case studies on the global political significance of popular culture – which will engage issues ranging from capitalism, to world war, to the zombie apocalypse – this course seeks to understand the vitally important role popular culture plays in constructing and ordering our political world.