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Pop Culture28655/1718/1920/1/96
Study guide

Pop Culture

Academic year 2019-20
Is found in:
  • Master of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 1
    Choice package:
    • opleidingsonderdelen te kiezen aan 15 studiepunten
  • Master of Arts in Visual Arts
    Choice package:
    • Elective courses for 15 credits
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Special admission is required to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Ubben Eric
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 2
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 09.03.2020 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Compensated fail: You have to pass this course unit (will never be compensated).


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Short description

Pop Culture emphasizes on the alternative currents in visual culture.

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Students have a decent knowledge of the Cultural History and are able to understand and read academic English. They can do rearch independently and work as a team on assignments.

Learning outcomes (text)

Students gain insights in the origins and dynamics of popular culture. Counter culture versus popular culture and the moments when Pop culture shifts to High Culture. This ambigious and sometimes artificial treshold between pop art and high art has been the playground for many accomplished artists today and yesterday. In academic circles more often than not, pop culture is not deemed worthy of any discourse

Learning outcomes (list)

MA6 - The student is able to take and defend a critical position with regard to relevant social, cultural, artistic and international developments.
The student has insight into the history and development of various forms of popular culture.

Learning objectives

At the end of the semester, students are able to present a case study related to popular culture as a team.

Course content

The course is divided in capita selecta which enables us to literally surf through an underexposed aspect of human history. In ancient Rome several early examples of graffiti were conserved. But the breakthrough of popular culture grows during the industrial revolution and upcoming middle class. A rapid succession of inventions will help to broaden audiences

Study material (text): Recommended

  • Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (Philip Auslander, University of Michigan Press 2006)
  • Masters of American Comics (John Carlin, ed. Yale University Press 2005)
  • Theory and pop culture an introduction (John Storey, Routledge Press 2008)

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Collaborative learning
Lectures and / or tutorials

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Semester 2Knowledge test100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
Semester 2Knowledge test100,00