Prerequisite: CHSS/SOC 1110 Invitation to Sociology
This course introduces students to the vibrant and expanding field of the sociology of culture. Culture, broadly conceived as the symbolic/mediated/expressive dimension of social life, is investigated in this course using various theoretical prisms and traditions, including sociology, anthropology, and media and cultural studies. The course is divided into three key themes: a) culture and practice, b) culture and domination, and c) culture and media. Some of the questions posed in this course include: What is culture and what does it do? How is culture used to create boundaries between us and them? How are global media products received by local communities? What is the relationship between culture and social inequality? The course ends with a critique of 'culture' as an analytical concept and points to new directions in cultural analysis.