Discuss the relationship between popular culture and social change

The exam is open book (course materials ONLY may be used – Internet searches are NOT PERMITTED). The exam will be available on the Week 14 Module in Canvas at 9:00 AM on Thursday, December 9; it is due on Saturday, December 11 at 23:59 PM).What should I study and how should I study for the SOCI 230 Final Exam?The most important thing for this exam, other than completing the readings and worksheets and attending the lectures, is critical thinking.
This means you will be expected to think about pop culture beyond its surface-level meaning and offer your own critical interpretations of how it contributes to social inequality and social change. Therefore, to get the best mark possible on this exam, you should:Re-read the papers listed on the syllabus and take notes, thinking about which questions could be asked about themLook at the lecture notes online, your own class notes, and your worksheetsRe-examine the Midterm Study Guide
The following units are a summary of some of the main points of the modules on Canvas.Considering these points will help you study for the final exam.
The Medium is the MessageReconsider McLuhan’s main ideasHow can these ideas be applied to pop culture?How can these ideas be applied to media technology?Popular Culture and GenderPerspectives and theories on the role of technology in gender equityBasic facts about women’s involvement in technology-related fieldsWhy women’s involvement in technology-related fields is limitedHow the internet might be different if it were made by womenGender Norms for Sale: Advertising and Popular CultureIdentifying gender stereotypes established by and perpetuated in advertising and how these rely on culturally-based ideas of genderConsidering representations of diversity in advertisingIdentifying the social impacts of the above and their relationship to mass consumerismHow are feminist messages co-opted by advertising agencies?Queer Star Trek: Fandom, Sexuality and Popular Culture
What is fandom? What are characteristics of participatory culture?Diversity, but not sexual diversity depicted in Star TrekQueer fans able to interpret characters and situations as metaphors of homosexuality
Pop Culture and Disability: Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Popular CultureChanging representations of disability in popular mediaContemporary examples of progressive and problematic representations of disabilityUnique characteristics of serial TV or Netflix showsWhat social inclusion and exclusion in popular media representsThe role of social media in social inclusionPop Culture and Social Control & Social Change
The relationship between popular culture and social changeThe role of the music industry in social changePopular culture as a social movement?Is the anti-heroine an agent of social control, or of social change?
Religion and Pop Culture
Different social functions of religionTheoretical perspectives on the use of religion in pop cultureHow pop culture can act as social commentary on religionPopular Culture, Gender, and Music on the Move· Musical Crossover· Africana Womanism· Musical Bordering· Consideration of who holds power in the music industry?· Globalization and musical mobility· How do questions of power connect to the movement of popular music?Social Media, Media Globalization· Definition of social media· Government/corporate observation of social media communication· Media reinforcement of cultural messages· Convergence, exposure of content on multiple media platforms· Alternative mediaCinema· Film as depicting a “just” world· Film as a tool of the Culture Industry· Film as a conveyer of cultural values· Studio system, Hollywood Renaissance, Blockbuster Era