Exploring Diversity in Popular Culture
LAS 238 - Exploring Diversity in Popular Culture3 hours Our actions and our communication can have a significant impact on our lives, on others, and on the development of our communities. When it comes to popular culture, the entertainment industry promotes contradictions about diversity and what it means to live in an increasingly interdependent world. Though a powerful medium to help bring about societal change, popular culture has a record of contributing to inclusive thinking. Using film, popular TV shows and literature, we will explore questions that focus on identity, nationality, commonalities and differences, perceptions and stereotypes: How are personal identity and group membership interrelated? What are the causes and effects of inequality among and within groups? What does it mean to live in diverse communities and cultures?