Syllabus for Popular Culture as History

Populärkultur som historia

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5HA721
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: History A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2015-02-25
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2017-12-13
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 31, 2018
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Responsible department: Department of History

Learning outcomes


A student who successfully completes the course will be able to:

  • summarize and discuss the relationship between popular culture and society from a historical perspective
  • critically compare different genres of twentieth-century popular culture in relation to relevant social phenomena such as class, gender, and ethnicity
  • utilize important theoretical concepts and perspectives from the academic fields of history and popular culture studies
  • account for and evaluate different types of sources for the study of popular culture, as well as appropriate methods that can be used to answer research questions relevant to the field of history.

Content

The course covers different genres of popular culture and their expressions in relation to class, ethnicity, and gender. The genres vary, but the focus is on how popular culture developed during the twentieth century against the backdrop of social transformations, particularly the emergence of consumer society. Students learn how to employ theoretical concepts and approaches central to studies of popular culture and history. Particular importance is placed on practical exercises that are based on historical methods and popular culture sources.

Instruction

The course consists of seminars.

Assessment

Assessment will be based upon written and oral assignments. Students that have missed a small number of mandatory assignments may complete them by the end of the term at the latest. If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 31, 2018

  • Kingsepp, Eva Nazityskland i populärkulturen : minne, myt, medier

    Stockholm: Institutionen för journalistik, medier och kommunikation (JMK), Stockholms universitet, 2008

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Rabaka, Reiland Hip Hop's Inheritance

    Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2011

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Socialist Sixties : Crossing Borders in the Second World

    Indiana University Press, 2013

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Springhall, John. Youth, popular culture and moral panics : penny gaffs to gangsta-rap, 1830-1996

    Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Storey, John Cultural studies and the study of popular culture : theories and methods

    Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, cop. 1996

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Teitelbaum, Benjamin R Saga's sorrow : Femininities of despair in the music of radical white nationalism

    Part of:

    Ethnomusicology : journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology

    vol. 58 nr. 3 s. 25

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Trier-Bieniek, Adrienne.; Leavy, Patricia. Gender & Pop Culture : A Text-Reader

    Rotterdam: SensePublishers, 2014.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Whitfield, Stephen J. The culture of the cold war

    Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, cop. 1991

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Whitfield, Stephen J. The culture of the Cold War

    2nd ed.: Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, c1996.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory