HUM 264 : Popular Culture: Spy Thriller

Transcript title

Pop Culture: Spy Thriller

Credits

4

Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total

40

Lecture hours

40

Recommended preparation

WR 121.

Description

Thematic study of espionage stories and the spy figure, as revealed in popular culture through genres such as fiction, film, advertising and journalism.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the historical variations on the spy figure, including adventurer, superhero, traitor, Cold War ideologue, and morally ambiguous gamesman.
2. Define and illustrate principal literary elements of narrative fiction (plot, character, theme, point of view, setting, symbol, style), using well-selected examples from representative works.
3. Analyze relationships among selected elements of literary or cinematic form and thematic content (such as setting and characterization, style and theme, or camera work and point of view) within a work of narrative fiction or film, to explain how these elements interact to shape the meaning and impact of individual works.
4. Analyze relationships between spy thriller texts and other media of popular culture (such as advertising, music, comics, art, television) to explain how this genre expresses cultural contexts (values and beliefs, historical background, social and political realities).
5. Use comparison/contrast analysis to demonstrate significant differences and similarities between selected works of narrative fiction and/or film (such as in fiction by different authors; in fiction from different sub-genres; in fiction and film adaptation of the same or different works by an individual author).
6. Demonstrate effective writing skills in when communicating one’s interpretations, using relevant, well-selected evidence from works of narrative fiction and/or film in order to illustrate and support one's argument.
7. Writing in Context: Identify and practice the role of collaborating to create knowledge through sharing formal or informal writing in the classroom.
8. for a sequence of any two Pop Culture courses: Identify and illustrate mixed genres in popular culture (such as science fiction spy thriller); analyze the products of popular culture as not only reflections of social values, but attempts to resolve cultural contradictions.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Discipline Studies/Arts and Letters

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