Professor: Jacquelyn Hendricks

Movies, television, comic books, YouTube videos, music, etc. captivate our attention at every turn. They are what we use to entertain ourselves, to relax, to relieve boredom, or just to understand what everyone is buzzing about. But can they be objects of serious scholarship? In this course, you will discover that popular media can go much deeper than you might think. These forms of entertainment can help us gain an understanding of our current culture, and can offer insight into the human condition. Through research, collaboration, critical thinking, and writing, you will become pop culture scholars. In this course, you will be learning how to write the type of academic discourse that professional scholars (i.e. your professors) create. You will focus on a single topic of your choice to research and write on throughout the class, which will go toward two class projects: a virtual academic conference and a class academic journal, Pop Culture Intersections. Extension of instruction in explanatory and exploratory academic writing principles introduced in prior courses. Activities include readings and intensive writing in a variety of topics across the curriculum with emphasis on revision of student writing through drafts, peer, and instructor review. Prerequisites: ENGL 1A and 2A. (5 units)

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Submissions from 2018

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Social Impacts of Popular Culture During the Vietnam War, Chris Ashton

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The Effects of Media Coverage on Mass Shootings in the United States, Lisa Chen

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Private Equity Success: High Returns in a Risky World, Ross Corey

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Streaming Services, Binging, and Cultural Consequences, Sean Flanagan

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The Impact of Podcasts in Education, Thomas Goldman

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City Backdrop: Television and its Gentrifying Influence on a City's Black Community, Ana Hoshovsky

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Social Media and Consumer Culture: Addicted to the Idealized Consumer, James Laeder

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Social Media’s Effect on Mental Health: How America’s Youth are More Vulnerable to its Negative Implications, Melissa Magner

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Marketing Influences through Strategic Campaigns and Sustainability, Oliver Martin

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The Effects of Social Media and Apps on Exercise and Health Habits of Millennial Women, Sarah Mason

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The Power of Influence: Traditional Celebrity vs Social Media Influencer, Melody Nouri

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The Missing “X” in Ethnic and Cultural Acceptance, Sofia Michelle Sandoval Larco

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The Effect of CWS on Adolescent Health, Mitchell Shi

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Rap Music as a Positive Influence on Black Youth and American Politics, Natalie Wilson

Submissions from 2016

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The Underlying Consequences of Social Media, Hannah Baz

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It’s a Match: How Society’s Dependence on Efficient Technology Effects the Ways We Date, Marissa Ceraolo

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Partisanship in the Media: A Comprehensive Look at the History and Potential for Bias in News Media, Henry Ferguson

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A Seemingly Fatal Attraction Between Sad Souls, Taylor Kay Gustafson

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Human computer interaction and data visualization, Olivia Hsieh

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Tinder: True Love or a Nightmare?, Anthony Kao

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Identity of Pokemon Go Players: How Social Gaming Affects Behavior, Jasmine Quinn

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Capitalism and Control: An Examination of Capitalist Trends against Consumers, Sravan Ramaswamy

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Twitter and Identity: Living up to the Social Comparison, Mark Ramelb

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Influence of Mass Media on Medical Screening, Specifically Breast Cancer Screening, Yashvi Siddhapura

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Green Religion: Manipulation Transcending Ideology, Miranda Wittmond

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Aggression and Driving: Separating Ourselves From the Games, Jennifer Yin

Submissions from 2015

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The Impact of Social Media on Society, Jacob Amedie

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The Big Data Debate Today, Bridget Fahey

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Morality of Pirating Media, Matthew Holbrook

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Online dating technology effects on interpersonal relationships, Anabel Homnack

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Corporate Standardized Takeover and Wasted Tax Dollars: The Misappropriation of Technology in Public Schools and the Unfair Burden Placed on Teachers, Rachel Jepsen

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Instagram: The Real Stranger Danger, Sarina Kong

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Finding Common Ground: Abortion, Television, And The Changing American Culture, Meghan Shain